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Lovima is one of the first contraceptive pills available without a prescription in the UK. It is a progesterone-only pill, also known as a mini pill, meaning that it is suitable for a lot of women who can’t take contraceptive pills that contain oestrogen.

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What is Lovima?

Lovima is one of only two brands of contraceptive pill available without a prescription in the UK. It is a type of progesterone-only pill, meaning that you will take one pill every day throughout your cycle, instead of having a seven day break between packs. Progesterone-only pills are a great option for people who want to avoid oestrogen-related side effects such as headaches, acne and mood swings.

How does Lovima work?

Lovima is a progesterone-only pill. So unlike most contraceptive pills, it does not contain any oestrogen. It works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, to prevent sperm from fertilising an egg, but it can also help to prevent ovulation from occurring.

When does Lovima start to work?

It can take a few days before you experience maximum protective effects from Lovima depending upon when you start to take it. You need to use a condom for the first seven days after starting Lovima if any of the following criteria apply:

  • You are starting Lovima on day 2-5 of your period 
  • You are starting Lovima after taking the morning-after pill (emergency contraception)
  • If there is a break between when you finished your last method of contraception and when you are starting Lovima unless you start on day 1 of your period. 
  • If Lovima is the first hormonal contraceptive you are using since giving birth and you gave birth more than 21 days ago

If none of the above criteria apply, you should be protected against pregnancy when you start to take Lovima. However, always ensure that you read the patient information leaflet carefully for the most up to date information.


Lovima ingredients

Lovima contains a synthetic progesterone known as desogestrel. This is the only active ingredient contained in Lovima as it is a progesterone-only pill. Lovima also contains the following inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, Povidone K30 (E1201), d-α-tocopherol (E307), soybean oil, colloidal hydrated silica (E551), colloidal anhydrous silica (E551), stearic acid (E570), hypromellose 2910 (E464), polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide (E 171).

Allergens in Lovima

You should not take Lovima if you are allergic to any of the ingredients it contains. Lovima does contain lactose and soybean oil, making it unsuitable for people with lactose intolerance or legume allergies such as peanut or soya allergies. If this applies to you, we would recommend finding an alternative contraceptive pill.

How to Use

How to take Lovima?

Take one Lovima pill at the same time each day for 28 days, then start the next pack fo Lovima, without taking a break. When you start a new pack, take a tablet from the top row, marked with the correct day of the week. Follow the arrows around the pack and take the next pill each day. It is important that you take the pills in the correct order as they contain various levels of progesterone to protect against pregnancy at different times in your cycle.

How to start Lovima?

There are various different methods to start Lovima depending upon your personal circumstances and if you have been using any other hormonal contraception. 

  • If you have not used any other hormonal contraception in the last month, you should start taking Lovima on the first day of your period. You can also start Lovima on day 2-5 of your period, but you will need to use additional contraception (condoms) for the first week to prevent pregnancy. 
  • If you are switching to Lovima from a combined contraceptive pill, you should take Lovima as soon as you have finished your pack - do not take a 7 day break between packs. You should be aware that some packs of combined pills contain both placebo pills and active pills. If this applies, start taking Lovima when you would normally start taking the placebo pills. If you are not sure which type of pill you have, you should check with a pharmacist. If you do leave a break between your last pack of pills and starting Lovima, you will need to use condoms during the first week of starting Lovima. 
  • If you are switching from a different type of progesterone-only pill, you should take Lovima as soon as you have finished the pack of your original pills. Do not leave a break. If you do leave a break you will need to use condoms for the first week.
  • If you are switching to Lovima from a contraceptive patch or vaginal ring, you should start Lovima on the day your last patch or ring is removed. If you have a break before starting Lovima, you will need to use condoms for the first week. 
  • If you are switching to Lovima from a contraceptive injection, you should start taking Lovima from the day your next injection would be due.
  • If you are switching to Lovima after using an implant or hormonal IUS, you should start Lovima the day that your implant or IUS is removed. 
  • If you have recently given birth, you can start Lovima before your periods restart. If it is more than 21 days since you have given birth, you should use condoms for the first week when you start Lovima. 
  • If you have had a miscarriage, an abortion or if you have recently taken the morning after pill, consult the patient information leaflet for more information about how to start Lovima. 

What to do if you miss a pill?

It is important that you take Lovima at approximately the same time each day. If you miss a pill, but you are less than 12 hours late, you should take the missed pill immediately and take the next pill at the usual time. You will continue to be protected against pregnancy. 

If you are more than 12 hours late, you should take one pill as soon as you remember and take the next pill at the usual time. If you have missed more than one pill, you do not need to take the other missed pills. You will need to use condoms for the next seven days to protect against pregnancy. If you are more than 12 hours late and have had unprotected sex, there is a chance you may be pregnant and therefore you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice on emergency contraception and when to take a pregnancy test. 

Missing pills reduces the effectiveness of Lovima. For maximum effectiveness, you need to take Lovima at the same time each day. If you have difficulty keeping track of your pills, you should speak to your doctor about more suitable alternatives.

Safety Information

Lovima pill side effects

Like all medications, Lovima may cause some side effects. Common side effects, affecting up to 10% of women who take Lovima, include:

  • Irregular periods or no periods
  • Mood changes
  • Feelings of depression
  • Reduced sex drive (libido)
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Acne
  • Breast tenderness
  • Increased body weight

A number of other side effects may also occur with Lovima. Always make sure you read the patient information leaflet to be aware of all the possible side effects before you take the medication.


Do not use Lovima if any of the following criteria apply:

  • You are allergic to desogestrel, soya or any other ingredient contained in Lovima
  • You are currently pregnant
  • You have a blood clot (thrombosis)
  • You have liver disease or your liver is not working properly
  • You have jaundice
  • You have or may have cancer that is responsive to sex hormones, such as some types of ovarian or breast cancer. 
  • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding

Lovima may not be suitable for you if you have:

  • Ever had breast cancer
  • Ever had liver cancer
  • Liver problems
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Ever had a blood clot (thrombosis)
  • Epilepsy
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Chloasma

If any of these conditions apply, you should speak to your GP or pharmacist for advice before taking Lovima as they may need to monitor your condition to ensure that it is safe for you.

Drug interactions

Always tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medications or herbal remedies. These may interact with Lovima making Lovima, or the other treatments, less effective. Specifically, you should be aware of interactions between Lovima and:

  • Epilepsy medications
  • Tuberculosis (TB) medications
  • HIV medications
  • St John’s Wart

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Lovima vs Hana

Lovima and Hana are the first contraceptive pills to be available over the counter in the UK. They both contain the same active ingredient, 75mg desogestrel and they are considered equally as effective in preventing pregnancy.  If you’re trying to choose between Lovima or Hana, the key difference is that Lovima contains soya bean oil, which makes it unsuitable for people with peanut, soya or legume allergies, making Hana the most suitable option.

Lovima vs Cerelle

Lovima and Cerelle contain the same amount of the same active ingredient, 75mg desogestrel. Currently, Cerelle is only available on prescription, whereas Lovima is available over the counter. Therefore, some women may choose to switch to Lovima if they find it more convenient. In addition, Lovima is not suitable for people with an allergy to legumes such as peanuts and soya as it contains soya bean oil. Therefore, other contraceptive pills, such as Cerelle, may be more suitable for these women.


Who makes Lovima?

Lovima is manufactured by Maxwellia Limited.

How old do you have to be to buy Lovima?

The safety of Lovima for those under 18 is not yet fully understood, however, there is no official age restriction. At Dr Felix, it is our policy not to supply any medication to people under the age of 18, however, if this applies to you, you can still access contraception from your GP, pharmacy or sexual health clinic.

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