Millinette

Avoid unwanted pregnancy with Millinette

Manage your contraception with ease by ordering a 3-6 month supply of Millinette 20/75 or 30/75 combined contraceptive pills. We guarantee quick and discreet delivery.

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63 tablet20mg/75mg£10.80
63 tablet30mcg/75mcg£10.35
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About

What is Millinette?

Millinette is a type of the combined contraceptive pill, the most popular form of contraception in the UK. It comes in two different strengths: 20/75 and 30/75. Millinette 20/75 contains a lower dose of estrogen. 

How does Millinette work?

Millinette prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation from occuring. This is when the ovaries release an egg ready for fertilisation. If this doesn't happen, the womb lining is shed and leaves the body as menstrual blood. Milinette releases synthetic versions of the estrogen and progesterone hormones to override your natural cycle. This means an egg won't be released and the womb lining will be thinner to stop a fertilised egg from attaching. It also causes the mucus surrounding the entrance to the cervix to thicken, making it difficult for sperm to enter. 

How effective is Millinette?

Millinette is over 99% effective when it is taken correctly.  

When does Millinette start to work?

If Millinette is started on the first day of your period it will work immediately. You can also start taking it on days 2-5 of your cycle but you may not be protected against pregnancy for the first 7 days so an additional contraceptive should be used during this time.

Millinette for non-contraceptive purposes

Millinette can also be given to ease PMS and painful, irregular periods, resulting in a regular period that is lighter and less painful. It may also be prescribed to treat acne and for managing the symptoms of endometriosis. 

Can you use Millinette for period delay?

Millinette can be used for period delay. To use it in this way, skip the pill free week between packs. If you are looking for a specific treatment for period delay, Noristherone is available to order from Dr Felix and has been designed specifically for this purpose.

Millinette for endometriosis

Combined pills such as Millinette can be useful in treating endometriosis. This is usually one of the first types of treatment that your doctor will prescribe you with to manage the condition as it controls menstruation and prevents the excess endometrial tissue from growing outside of the womb. You will usually be advised to take the pill for 3-4 months without a break to control endometriosis but always follow your doctor’s instructions.

Switching contraceptive pill

You may need to try more than one type of the pill before finding one that works for you. If you are switching to Millinette from another combined pill, then finish your current pill strip and start taking Millinette right away, skipping the 7 day break. When switching from the mini pill (progesterone only pill) you can do this at any time during the month but you will not be fully protected against pregnancy for the first 7 days. In this case, you should use condoms, or another additional contraceptive for 7 days.

When can I get pregnant after taking Millinette?

If you stop taking Millinette you are at risk of getting pregnant at any time. Your natural period will usually return within a month and if you are planning to start a family it's recommended to speak to your GP or family planning clinic about coming off the pill. They will be able to ensure you have all the information and resources available to have a healthy conception and pregnancy.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredients in Millinette 20/75 are 20mg ethinylestradiol and 75mg Gestodene. Millinette 30/75 contains 30mg ethinylestradiol and 75mg Gestodene.

Inactive ingredients

The other ingredients contained in Millinette are sodium edetate, magnesium stearate, silica colloidal anhydrous, Povidone K-30, maize starch, lactose monohydrate, Quinoline yellow (E 104), povidone K-90, titanium dioxide (E171), Macrogol 6000, Talc calcium carbonate (E170), Sucrose.

Dosage

What should I do if I miss a pill?

If you have missed a pill then your contraception may be affected. The first thing you should do is take the missed pill, this can be done at the same time as your next one if needed. Continue to take the rest of your pills on time and ensure you use an additional method of contraception for the next 7 days. If you have had unprotected sex during this time, see your doctor as soon as possible as there is a chance you may be pregnant.

What should I do if I took a pill too late?

If you take your pill within 12 hours of your usual time then your protection will not be affected. If it has been more than 12 hours since you were due to take it, follow the instructions for a missed pill to ensure that you do not get pregnant. 

If I have vomited, will Millinette still work?

If you vomit within 3-4 hours of taking Millinette, it may not be as effective. Take another pill as soon as you can and keep on taking the rest of the pack as usual. This will mean that your cycle will be one day shorter. If the vomiting continues then follow the guidance for what to do if you miss a pill. 

Is it safe to take Millinette for a long time?

Millinette is safe to take long term if you do not have any pre-existing medical conditions which put you at risk of a blood clot. Taking the combined pill heightens the risk of experiencing a blood clot for all women. Your GP or pharmacist will assess your suitability before prescribing you the pill. There is also detailed information included with Millinette which should be read before taking the pill. This outlines who can and cannot take the pill and what the warning signs are for blood clots. 

When will my period start again after I stop taking Millinette?

It's common to get your period 2-4 weeks after coming off the pill but this will vary from one woman to the next. It's possible your periods will be irregular at first but they will settle down in the first three months.

How to start Millinette

Millinette should be started on the first day of your period. It will begin to work right away. If this isn't possible, you can start it on days 2-5 of your period however you won't be fully protected against pregnancy for the first 7 days. In this case you would need to use additional contraception for the first week.

How to take Millinette

Millinette should be taken once a day for 21 days. It can be taken at any time of the day but it must be taken consistently at the same time each day. When you reach the end of a pill strip, wait 7 days until starting the next one. This is when you will have your withdrawal bleed, similar to your period.

Millinette comes in two different strengths; 20/75 and 30/75. Each tablet contains either 20 or 30mg of ethinylestradiol which is a synthetic version of progesterone and 75mg of gestodene. One tablet should be taken daily.

How to use Millinette for period delay

To use Millinette for period delay skip the pill free week between packs and begin the next pack the day after you finish your current one. This will delay your period until the end of the second pill pack.

Side Effects

Common side effects may include: 

  • Breakthrough bleeding 

  • Spotting 

  • Headaches 

  • Vaginitis 

  • Nausea 

  • Cramps 

  • Abdominal pain 

  • Breast pain 

  • Mood changes 

  • Depression 

  • Nervousness 

  • Dizziness 

  • Weight gain 

  • Acne 

 

Less common side effects may include: 

  • Migraine 

  • Vomiting 

  • Diarrhoea 

  • Reduced sex drive 

  • Fluid retention 

  • Increased blood pressure 

  • Excessive hair growth 

  • Hair loss 

  • Breast swelling 

  • Altered appetite 

  • Rash 

 

Rare side effects can include: 

  • Jaundice 

  • Eye irritation when wearing contact lenses

  • Glucose intolerance 

  • Skin diseases 

  • Decrease in serum folate levels 

  • Blood clots

  • Worsening of varicose veins 

  • Exacerbation of systemic lupus erythematosus 

  • Exacerbation of porphyria 

  • Chloasma 

  • Exacerbation of Chorea 

  • Eye inflammation 

  • Weight loss 

  • Pancreatitis 

  • Inflammatory intestinal disorder 

  • Gallstones 

  • Gallbladder disorder 

  • Liver damage 

Contraindications

Do not use Millinette if: 

  • You have ever had a blood clot 

  • You have a condition which affects your blood clotting  

  • You need an operation or will be off your feet for a long time 

  • You have ever had a heart attack or stroke 

  • You have ever had angina pectoris 

  • You have ever had transient ischaemic attack

  • You have ever had a migraine with aura 

  • You have ever had severe diabetes with blood vessel damage 

  • You have very high blood pressure 

  • You have high cholesterol or triglycerides 

  • You have hyperhomocysteinaemia 

  • You have ever had pancreatitis 

  • You have liver problems 

  • You have ever had breast, Cervical or vaginal cancer 

  • You have unexplained vaginal bleeding 

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in the pill 

 

Tell you doctor if any of the following apply to you: 

  • High level of fat in the blood 

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus 

  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome 

  • Chronic inflammatory bowel disease 

  • Sickle cell anemia 

  • Superficial thrombophlebitis 

  • Varicose veins 

  • If you have recently given birth

  • High blood pressure 

  • Jaundice 

  • Pruritus 

  • Gallstones 

  • Porphyria 

  • Sydenham's Chorea 

  • Herpes gestationis 

  • Otosclerosis 

  • Liver problems 

  • Kidney problems 

  • Diabetes 

  • Depression 

  • Chloasma 

Drug interactions

Certain medications can interfere with the way Millinette works, causing it to be less effective. These include: 

  • Epilepsy medications 

  • HIV medications 

  • Hepatitis C medications 

  • Rifampicin 

  • Rifabutin 

  • Griseofulvin 

  • Modafinil 

  • Bosentan 

  • Etoricoxib 

  • St. John's wort 

 

Millinette can interfere with the way the following medicines work: 

  • Ciclosporin 

  • Theophyllin

  • Lamotrigine 

  • Tizanidine 

Speak to your doctor if you are taking any of the medications listed above. 

Millinette and alcohol

It's fine to drink alcohol while you're taking Millinette.

How to deal with the emotional side effects of Millinette

You may experience mood changes while taking Millinette including feeling depressed, nervous or agitated. If this perseveres, try writing down how you are feeling and talk to friends and family. Finding appropriate methods of self care is important and if it is having a significant impact on your life then see your GP.

Treatment Options

Millinette for acne

The hormones contained in Millinette can help to treat acne and achieve clearer skin. This is the case for all types of the combined pill. The progesterone only pill (mini) does not help acne and can exacerbate it.

Millinette for endometriosis

Hormonal contraceptives are usually offered in the first instance as a treatment option for women with endometriosis. This is because the combined pill takes control of menstrual bleeding, replacing your period with an artificial cycle. Millinette 20/75 is best for endometriosis as it contains a lower dose of estrogen.

Millinette 20/75 vs Millinette 30/75

Millinette 20/75 has a lower dose of estrogen than Millinette 30/75. This may be preferable for women who are sensitive to estrogen and experience side effects when taking a regular strength pill.

Millinette vs the mini pill

Millinette is a combined contraceptive pill which means it contains two types of hormones; estrogen and progesterone. The mini pill is also known as the progesterone only pill as it just contains the progesterone hormone. The mini pill results in fewer side effects and is suitable for women who are unable to take the combined pill. It must be taken on time for it to be effective and it cannot be used to control your period.

Alternatives to Millinette

Millinette 30/75 is the same as the Femodene and Katya combined pills. Femodette and Sunya contain the same strength of ethinylestradiol and gestodene as Millinette 20/75. Dr Felix stock all available forms of the pill in the UK. The mini pill is a good alternative for women who are unable to take the combined pill as the health risks are lower. Long term reversible contraceptives are available from your GP or family planning clinic such as the coil, implant or injection. Condoms are the only form of contraception which protect against sexually transmitted infections.

Q&A

Can Millinette cause weight gain?

Weight gain is a possible side effect of taking Millinette but not everyone will experience this. If this becomes a problem for you, talk to your doctor as they may recommend a different type of pill.

Can Millinette cause anxiety?

Mood changes and Nervousness is a possible side effect of taking Millinette. If this is having a significant effect on you then speak to your doctor about your symptoms and how you've been feeling. 

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