Triadene is a type of combined contraceptive pill taken by women to prevent unwanted pregnancy, containing both estrogen and progesterone hormones.
Triadene works by releasing synthetic versions of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone into the body to prevent pregnancy. It stops the ovaries from releasing an egg, thickens the mucus surrounding the cervix and thins the lining of the womb. Combined, these steps prevent sperm from entering from the vagina and stop an egg from implanting into the uterine wall should fertilisation occur.
When used correctly, Triadene is 99% effective.
If you start taking it on the first day of your period, Triadene will start to work right away. If you begin the pill on days 2-5 of your period, you may not be protected from pregnancy right away. In this case, you should use an additional barrier method of contraception for the first 7 days.
Triadene also provides some non-contraceptive benefits. It can prevent premenstrual symptoms and cause your periods to be lighter, regular and reduce period pain. The combined pill is also used to help treat acne and endometriosis.
If you are using a combined contraceptive pill such as Triadene and wish to delay your period, you can do so by skipping the pill free week and running two packs together. This will delay your period for a further 21 days. If you are looking for a treatment specifically to delay your period, Norethisterone tablets are available for this purpose. You can purchase this through Dr Felix whenever you need them.
Gestodene and ethinyloestradiol are the active ingredients contained in Triadene.
The other ingredients are: lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, macrogol 6000, sodium calcium edetate, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, montan glycol wax, titanium dioxide (E171), ferric oxide pigment brown and yellow (E172), glycerin (E422).
The combined pill is often issued to women with endometriosis as the first line of treatment. In many cases it keeps the symptoms under control and prevents debilitating period pain but for some women this may not be enough. To take Triadene for endometriosis, the pill is taken for 3-4 monthly blocks without the pill free weeks. Always follow the advice given by your doctor before using the pill to treat endometriosis.
Changing from one type of contraceptive pill to another is a straightforward process. For a different type of the combined pill, finish your current pack and begin taking Triadene the following day. Do not take your usual pill free week. You can stop taking the mini pill at any time and begin Triadene right away but you will need to use additional contraception for the first 7 days.
If you miss a pill, take the missed one right away even if that means you are taking two pills at the same time. Keep taking the rest of your pills on time and use additional contraception for the next 7 days as your protection may be affected. You should also take this action if you have missed more than one pill, taking the most recent missed one and discarding any earlier ones. If you have had sex in the days leading up to this then there is a chance you may be pregnant. If you are unsure of what to do, speak to a doctor or pharmacist right away.
If you take your pill later than usual, this will not affect your contraception. Keep taking the rest on time and you may find it useful to set an alarm reminder on your phone to help you remember to take your pill on time.
Triadene may not work if you have vomited within 4 hours of taking it. If this happens, take another pill right away and keep taking the rest at your usual time. If you continue to be sick then use additional contraception until you have felt better for 7 days.
If you stop taking Triadene you can get pregnant at any time. While some women may fall pregnant right away, for others it could take longer. Your natural period may take 1-2 months to return and it is recommended to wait until then before you try for a baby.
If you do not have any underlying health conditions or concerns, then Triadene is safe to take for a long time. You will need to have yearly check ups to make sure your blood pressure remains steady while you are taking the pill.
Your period should return after 2-3 weeks of stopping Traidene. It can take 1-2 months however, everyone’s body will adjust differently.
Triadene should be started on the first day of your period which will mean you are protected from pregnancy right away. You can also start it on days 2-5 but you will need to use condoms, or another barrier method of contraception, for the first 7 days.
You should take Triadene every day for 21 days (3 weeks). When you finish one pill strip wait 7 days until you start the next one. This is when you will have your monthly bleed. The next pack must be started on time, even if you are still bleeding. Triadene can be taken at any time during the day but it must be taken at the same time each day in the correct order. Choose a time where it will be convenient for you to take it.
The beige tablets contain 50mg of gestodene and 30mg ethinyloestradiol.
The dark brown tablets contain 70mg of gestodene and 40mg ethinyloestradiol.
The white tablets contain 100mg of gestodene and 30mg ethinyloestradiol.
If you wish to delay your period with Triadene, skip the pill free week and run two packs back to back. This will delay your period for another 21 days. It is not recommended to do this more than one month in a row.
Possible side effects include:
Breast pain or tenderness
Poor tolerance of contact lenses
Loss of sex drive
High blood pressure
Disturbed liver function
Do not take Triadene if:
You have ever experienced a blood clot
You have ever had a heart attack or stroke
You have a family history of blood clots
You have a condition which can affect your blood clotting
You have ever had angina
You have heart problems
You have high blood pressure
You smoke more than 40 cigarettes a day
You are over 50
You are a smoker over 35
You have diabetes with blood vessel damage
You experience migraines with aura
You have ever had breast cancer
You have unexplained vaginal bleeding
You have systemic lupus erythematosus
You have liver disease
You have jaundice
You have gallstones
You have porphyria
You have galactose intolerance
There is a chance you may be pregnant
Consult your doctor before taking Triadene if:
You are over 35
You have a family history of heart disease or strokes
You are obese
You are diabetic
You use a wheelchair
You have thrombophlebitis
You have sickle cell anaemia
You have a history of depression
You have a history of migraines
You have inflammatory bowel disease
You have a history of high levels of fats in your blood
You may have breast cancer
Certain medications can interfere with the way Triadene works, causing it to be less effective. These include:
Hepatitis C medications
St John's wort
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist about any medicines are currently taking, or planning to take.
Triadene contains two types of hormones, whereas the mini pill only contains progesterone as the active ingredient. It is also referred to as the progesterone only pill. The mini pill is safe to use for most women, including those with high blood pressure and women over the age of 35 who smoke. It does not cause potential long term health risks but it can still result in short term side effects like mood swings, nausea and breast tenderness. It is also taken every day throughout the month and does not work as a method of controlling your period.
Other combined pills which contain the same ingredients include:
These, alongside many others, are all available to order online from Dr Felix. The mini pill is a good alternative for women who are at risk from taking the combined pill or who are sensitive to the effects of estrogen. Barrier methods of contraception include condoms and diaphragms and other long term options are the copper or hormonal coil, injection or implant.