Logynon is a type of contraceptive pill known as the combined pill. Called ‘the pill’ for short, it is one of the most popular and accessible forms of contraception in the UK. It contains synthetic versions of the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone in order to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
Logynon is made of the following active ingredients: ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel which are man-made versions of the oestrogen and progesterone hormones. Logynon releases these hormones into the womb which prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg. In addition to this, it also thickens the mucus which lines the entrance to the womb, preventing sperm from being able to enter and decreasing the thickness of the womb lining. This elps to prevent an egg from being able to embed itself in the womb should fertilisation occur.
Logynon is over 99% effective. This is dependant on it being taken correctly however. Always follow the instructions on what to do if you miss a pill, are taken ill or are taking additional medications which may interfere with the way the pill works.
Depending on when you start taking it, Logynon will either start to work right away or it will take 7 days to take effect. The first day of your period is the best time to start taking Logynon as this guarantees you will be protected from pregnancy immediately. Unless you have a short menstrual cycle, you can start Logynon within the first five days of your period and be protected from pregnancy right away. It is possible to start Logynon at any time in your cycle but if you begin a pack after the fifth day of your period you will need to wait 7 days before it kicks in.
Levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol are the active ingredients which are distributed as follows: 6 light brown tablets containing 50 mg levonorgestrel and 30 mg ethinylestradiol. 5 white tablets containing 75 mg levonorgestrel and 40 mg ethinylestradiol. 10 ochre tablets containing 125 mg levonorgestrel and 30 mg ethinylestradiol.
The inactive ingredients are: Lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, polyethylene glycol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, montan glycol wax, glycerin (E422), titanium dioxide (E171), ferric oxide pigment (red and yellow) (E172).
When starting Logynon, ensure that you start taking the pills in the correct order. The first one will be marked as day one, with arrows to indicate which one comes next to ensure you do not get confused. It's important to take them in the right order as the pills contain varying amounts of hormones. Ideally, Logynon should be started on the first day of your period. You can start it up to the fifth day of your cycle and it will start to work right away. Choose a time of the day that's going to be easy to remember and take your first pill.
Logynon should be taken at the same time each day. Follow the order specified on the pack until you reach the end. Wait seven days until beginning the next pack. During your pill free week you will have the withdrawal bleed which is like your period. Begin the next pack on time, even if you are still bleeding.
Missing a pill is a common occurrence for women taking the pill. If this happens, do not panic, take a moment to read over these instructions and then carry out any actions that may be required. If you have only missed one Logynon pill then this is nothing to worry about. You should take it right away and continue taking the rest of your pills as scheduled. It doesn't matter if this means you are taking two pills at once. Missing more than one pill means that you are not protected from pregnancy. In this case, take the last one you missed alongside the one you are due to take. Keep taking the rest of your pills on time and use additional contraception for the next seven days. If you are less than seven days away from finishing your pack then skip the pill free week.
While you should aim to take the pill at the same time each day, taking it later than usual will not affect your contraception.
One of the benefits of Logynon is that it can be used for period delay. To do this skip the seven day break between packs, starting a new one the day after you finish your current one. If you are taking Logynon ED then skip the blank placebo pills at the end of the pack.
Logynon side effects usually disappear after the first couple of months. If they don't, then report this to your doctor who may wish you to try a different type of pill. When you first start Logynon, it's common to experience breakthrough bleeding. This is where you bleed continuously between periods. Use your preferred form of sanitary products to remain comfortable during this time. If you experience headaches or cramps then take painkillers to ease the discomfort. Mood changes are another possible side effect. While it can be unpleasant, making sure you look after yourself and be aware of how you are feeling can help. Practising mindfulness and taking the time to rest is important.
Possible side effects include:
If you experience any of the following then stop taking Logynon and seek immediate medical attention:
Logynon should not be taken by women who:
Extra care should be taken if:
Certain medications can interact with Logynon and prevent it from working correctly. These include:
Drinking alcohol does not have an effect on Logynon.
There are some additional benefits to using Logynon. It is effective at easing painful, heavy periods and regulating a sporadic cycle. It can also be used to safely delay your period.
You can delay your period using Logynon. Instead of taking the pill for 21 days and having a 7 day break between packs, start your next pack of pills the day after you finish your current one. This means you are skipping the pill free week and you won't have your period until the following month.
If you are switching to Logynon from a different pill it's usually a case of taking Logynon right after you finish your current pill. For women using the progesterone only pill you will need to begin Logynon on the first day of your period. Switching pills will not affect your contraception.
The mini pill is also known as the progesterone only pill (POP). It differs from Logynon as it only contains one type of hormone; progesterone. This is often prescribed for women who cannot take the combined pill due to health concerns or who have experienced unpleasant side effects while taking it. There are fewer health risks associated with the mini pill but it must be taken on time to be effective. Logynon contains both progesterone and oestrogen, having the added benefit of being able to control your periods.
Logynon is what is known as a triphasic pill. This means it contains varying doses of hormones depending on the time of the month. Binovum is another brand of the combined pill which works in this way. Microgynon, Cilest, Ovranette, Marvelon and Yasmin are the most commonly prescribed brands of the combined pill. Dr Felix stocks all brands of the pill available in the UK. If you struggle to remember to take the pill everyday then a long term method of contraception may be more suitable for you. These include the copper or hormonal coil, the injection and implant. The main advantage of these is that once they are in you don't need to think about it until it is due for renewal.
Logynon ED works in exactly the same way as Logynon. The only difference between the two is that Logynon Everyday is taken every day of the month. The first 21 pills in the pack are the same as regular Logynon, the rest being blank placebo pills. This is for the purpose of helping you to remember to take it if you find it difficult to remember which day you finished your last pack and when you should begin the next one.
Logynon may not work if you vomit two hours or less after taking it. If this happens, wait until your stomach settles and then take another pill right away. Continue taking the rest of your pills as usual. If the vomiting continues, or if you have diarrhoea, then this will prevent the pill from being able to take effect. Use additional contraception up until you feel better and continue to use it for seven days after your illness clears up.
After you stop taking Logynon you can get pregnant at any time. Your natural menstrual cycle will usually take a couple of months to return to normal so for some women they may not fall pregnant right away. There are a number of factors which can affect your fertility so if you are planning to start a family then visiting a family planning clinic will be a useful source of advice and information.
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