Stop worrying about unplanned pregnancy with Ovranette

Ovranette is a combined pill containing synthetic variants of oestrogen and progesterone. This pill effectively prevents pregnancy in 99% of cases if used correctly.

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What is Ovranette?

Ovranette is a type of the combined contraceptive pill. It is one of the most popular methods of preventing unwanted pregnancy. Commonly known as ‘the pill’, Ovranette contains synthetic versions of both progesterone and oestrogen, the sex hormones which are naturally produced by the body.

How does Ovranette work?

Ovranette works by overriding your menstrual cycle. It stops ovulation from occurring so that the ovaries don't release an egg each month, preventing fertilisation. It also makes it harder for sperm to enter the womb by thickening the mucus surrounding the entrance and it thins the lining of the womb so that a fertilised egg cannot embed itself. 

How effective is Ovranette?

Ovranette is over 99% effective if it is taken correctly. Forgetting to take it, combining it with certain types of medication or having sickness and diarrhoea can all impact the effectiveness of the pill.  

When does Ovranette start to work?

Ovranette will start to work right away if you start taking it at the beginning of your cycle. You'll be protected from pregnancy right away if you start it on days 1-5 of your period. Women with a shorter cycle should take it within days 1-3. However you can begin Ovranette at any time but you will need to use condoms, or your preferred barrier method of contraception, for the first seven days if you start it at a different time of the month.

Other purposes for Ovranette

Ovranette can also be used to ease the symptoms of PMS and provide relief for women experiencing painful, heavy and irregular periods. The combined pill is sometimes given to treat acne but this may not prove effective for everyone.

Can you use Ovranette for period delay?

Like all types of the combined pill, Ovranette can be used to delay your period. To do this, skip the pill free week between packs. 


Active ingredients

The active ingredients contained in Ovranette are ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel.

Inactive ingredients

The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone 25, magnesium stearate, talc, purified water, sucrose, polyethylene glycol 6000, calcium carbonate, white wax and wax carnauba.


Ovranette dosage

Each tablet contains 30mg of ethinylestradiol and 150mg of levonorgestrel. One tablet should be taken daily. 

How to start Ovranette

It's recommended to start Ovranette on the first day of your period. You can start taking it on days 1-5 of your cycle and it will protect you from pregnancy right away. If your cycle is shorter then it needs to be taken on days 1-3 of your period. 

How to take Ovranette

Choose a time of the day which is suitable for you to take Ovranette. It's taken once a day at the same time each day for 21 days. Wait seven days before starting the next pack which is when you will have your period. 

What should I do if I missed a pill?

If you've only missed one pill this is nothing to worry about. Take the missed one as soon as possible, even if this means you are taking two at once. Continue with the rest of your pills as scheduled. If you have missed two days then you are at risk of an unplanned pregnancy. Take one of the missed pills right away and keep on taking the rest as normal. You will also need to use another form of contraception, such as condoms, for the next seven days until Ovranette starts to work effectively again. If you have had unprotected sex then you should seek out emergency contraception as soon as possible. This will be available directly from a local pharmacy or sexual health clinic.  

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

Taking a combined pill, like Ovranette, later than usual will not impact your contraception. It is not considered a missed pill until it has been more than 24 hours since you were due to take it. Regularly taking your pill late can make it difficult to keep track of them and could cause stress if you do miss a pill.

If I have vomited, will Ovranette still work?

Ovranette may not work if you vomit within two hours of taking it as your body may not have absorbed the hormones yet. In this case, take another pill as soon as you feel better and keep taking the rest of your pack as scheduled. This means that your cycle will be one day shorter than normal. If the vomiting continues, then you may not be protected against pregnancy. Use additional contraception until you have been symptom free for seven days. 

How to use Ovranette for period delay

To use Ovranette for period delay, skip the pill free week between packs and start the next one the day after you reach the end of your current one. This will delay your period for an additional three weeks. If you want to delay your period for any longer than this, you should consult your GP. 

Side Effects

Ovranette side effects

Before taking Ovranette, ensure that you read the information included with the pill about the increased risk of blood clots. This is rare but it is a possible health risk from taking the combined pill. Other side effects commonly disappear after the first month or two.

Side Effects may include: 

  • Nausea
  • Headaches 
  • Spotting between periods 
  • Breakthrough bleeding 
  • Vomiting 
  • Mood changes 
  • Depression 
  • Breast tenderness 
  • Lowered sex drive 
  • Fluid retention
  • Blood clots
  • Breast cancer 

Signs of a blood clot include: 

  • Stabbing pain in the leg
  • Sharp, sudden chest pain
  • Breathlessness 
  • Coughing up blood 
  • Tingling or loss of feeling up one side 

If you experience any of these symptoms stop taking Ovranette and seek immediate medical attention. 


Do not take Ovranette if you: 

  • Have ever experienced a blood clot 
  • Have, or have ever had, breast cancer 
  • Have heart problems 
  • Have ever had a stroke, heart attack or angina 
  • Have porphyria 
  • Have very high blood pressure 
  • Have severe diabetes 
  • Have a family history of blood clots or heart disease 
  • Are off your feet for long periods of time 
  • Are a smoker over the age of 35
  • Have any medical conditions which can cause blood clotting 
  • Experience migraines with aura 
  • Have liver disease 
  • Might be pregnant 
  • Have systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients 
  • Have unexplained vaginal bleeding 

Drug interactions

Certain medications interfere with the way Ovranette works. These include: 

  • HIV medications 
  • Hepatitis C medications 
  • Epilepsy medications 
  • Griseofulvin 
  • Modafinil 
  • Rifabutin 
  • Rifampicin 
  • St John's wort

Ovranette and alcohol

Alcohol does not have an effect on Ovranette.

How to cope with Ovranette side effects

Side effects are common when you first start taking Ovranette but these usually disappear in the first couple of months. If you experience headaches or abdominal discomfort then painkillers can help to ease this. Drink frequent sips of water if you get nauseous or sick to stay hydrated. Ensure you practice self care if your mood is affected and take the time to relax, being aware of how you are feeling. 

Treatment Options

Switching contraceptive pill

Some women find that they need to try a few different types of the pill before finding the right one. If you are switching to Ovranette from another combined pill, simply stop taking one and start the other right away. Your protection will not be affected. If you are currently taking the progesterone only pill (also known as the mini pill) then wait until the first day of your period to begin Ovranette. The two pills may overlap but this is fine.

Ovranette vs the mini pill

The mini pill differs from Ovranette as it contains less hormones. While Ovranette is made up of both oestrogen and progesterone hormones, the mini pill only contains progesterone. It is a suitable option for many women who cannot take the combined pill, including those over 35 who smoke or have high blood pressure. The mini pill may be preferable for women who experience adverse side effects on the combined pill. Unlike the combined pill, the mini pill cannot be used to control your period and it needs to be taken everyday throughout the month.

Alternatives to Ovranette

Ovranette is one brand of the combined pill and there are many different types available. Microgynon, Rigevidon and Levest contain the same hormones as Ovranette and are commonly prescribed by GPs. All types of the contraceptive pill are available from Dr Felix. The mini pill, also known as the progesterone only pill, is an alternative with a lower dose of hormones and may produce less side effects. Long term methods of contraception include the implant, injection and hormonal and copper coil.


When can I get pregnant after taking Ovranette?

When you come off the pill it usually takes a couple of months for your body to adjust and your menstrual cycle to return to normal. However, it is possible to get pregnant right away. Everyone's body is different and there are many factors to consider to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy. Visiting a family planning clinic can provide you with guidance and support before taking steps towards starting a family. 

How safe is long term use of Ovranette?

Ovranette is safe to use in the long term for women in good health. It is not suitable for everyone however and it poses a health risk to some people, for example women at risk of blood clots, high blood pressure or heart problems. If you are over 35 and smoke you may also be at risk. Your doctor will take your current health and medical history into consideration before issuing you with Ovranette. You will usually have your blood pressure taken once or twice a year too.

Will Ovranette stop my period?

Ovranette doesn't stop your period but it does replace it with an artificial cycle. Ovranette is taken for 21 days out of the month and then you have a seven day break between packs. This is when you have your breakthrough bleed which resembles your period. 

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