What is Norgeston?
Norgeston is a contraceptive pill that is taken orally. It is sometimes referred to as a ‘mini pill’ because it only contains one hormone, a form of progesterone called levonorgestrel.
What do you need to know before taking Norgeston?
Norgeston is a commonly prescribed contraceptive pill that must be taken at the same time every day. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for all women. Women who have previously had breast cancer or blood clots, for example, should not take Norgeston. It is vital that your doctor obtains relevant information about your health prior to deciding whether Norgeston is the right contraceptive choice for you.
What are the benefits of using Norgeston?
Norgeston is up to 99% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies when taken properly. Norgeston comes in strips of 35 pills, with each pill marked with the day of the week. This makes it easier to ensure you take one pill each day. Unlike some other contraceptives, on finishing one strip of Norgeston you should begin the next strip the following day with no break in between. Taking a contraceptive in this way may reduce the risk of you missing a dose.
Who can use Norgeston?
Norgeston is designed to be taken by sexually active women of childbearing age who wish to avoid becoming pregnant. It is not suitable for women who are peri- or post- menopausal, nor young women who are yet to start their periods. Norgeston is not recommended for women with a history of specific medical conditions including blood clots. A doctor will always take note of your past medical history prior to deciding on an appropriate prescription.
In what dosages is Norgeston available?
The pill Norgeston is available in a dosage, which includes 30mg of levonorgestrel. There are other ingredients in Norgeston such as lactose, polyethylene, and calcium carbonate, which help to make up the tablet form, but do not do anything medically.
Each box of Norgeston contains 35 tablets. Each tablet contains 30 micrograms of a progestogen called levonorgestrel. This is the standard dosage required to prevent conception from occurring, but it is vital that this dose is taken at the same time every day.
How do I take Norgeston correctly?
Norgeston is up to 99% effective at preventing a pregnancy, but only when it is taken correctly. The small, round tablets should be swallowed whole, with water. The tablet should not be chewed. Unlike the combined contraceptive pill, many mini pill contraceptives have to be taken at the same time every day to continue to offer an adequate contraceptive effect. With Norgeston, there is only a three hour window in which to remember to take your pill and remain protected against pregnancy. If you usually take Norgeston at 9am, for example, you must ensure that you have taken it before 12 noon to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Taking a pill outside the three hour window can result in a reduction or loss of contraceptive protection.
Each pack of Norgeston contains a strip of 35 tablets. There is no pill-free window with Norgeston so upon finishing a pack, you must start a new strip the very next day. If taken correctly, you should always start each new pack on the same day of the week.
It is normal to take Norgeston through any periods you may have.
What happens if I forget to take Norgeston?
If you are less than three hours late taking a pill, take it straight away. The next pill must be taken at your usual time, even if this means taking two pills in one day.
If you are over three hours late taking the pill, the effectiveness of Norgeston may be reduced. You may no longer have the same level of contraceptive protection. Continue to take your next pill at the usual time, but for the next seven days you must use additional contraception such as condoms. The same is true if you have missed more than one pill.
If you have missed any pills in the strip and had sexual intercourse in the week prior to missing the tablets, a pregnancy may be a possibility. The more pills you have missed, the lower the efficacy of your contraceptive. Use condoms from now on and speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Do I have to take Norgeston every day?
Norgeston is a contraceptive that must be taken every day. Missing a tablet, or taking a tablet outside the three hour window, will result in reduced contraceptive cover.
Norgeston prevents a pregnancy by thickening the fluid in the cervix, preventing the lining of the womb from developing and stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg each month. Combined, these three factors prevent fertilisation from occurring after sexual intercourse. If a pill is missed, the level of Norgeston in the body falls, and its effect is therefore reduced. This can make it possible for fertilisation, and therefore a pregnancy, to occur.
If you do not want to take a contraceptive pill every day, or worry that you might forget to take your medication, Norgeston may not be the right medication for you. Other forms of long term contraception may be a more appropriate choice, and this is something that should be considered carefully.
Is it safe to take Norgeston with other medication?
Many people take Norgeston safely alongside other long term medications. However, taking Norgeston with certain medications is not advised.
Unfortunately, some medications can prevent Norgeston from working properly. This can make the contraceptive effect of Norgeston lower, making it an unsuitable choice for those wishing to avoid pregnancy. Examples of medications that reduce the efficacy of Norgeston include some epilepsy medications, high blood pressure preparations, antibiotics and St John’s Wort remedy. When considering Norgeston, you will need to tell your doctor about any medications you take, whether they are prescribed, over the counter, or herbal remedies, to be sure that Norgeston will suit your individual circumstances. Grapefruit juice can also reduce the efficacy of Norgeston, so it is advisable to avoid this.
When combined with Norgeston, some medications can increase the risk of unexpected bleeding. Patients taking anticoagulant medications should discuss this with a doctor prior to taking Norgeston to see if an alternative contraceptive should be considered.
If you take any other medication, make sure you discuss the exact details with your doctor prior to requesting a prescription.
What are the side effects of Norgeston?
Some women may experience side effects of Norgeston including a change in their periods (spotting between periods or no periods at all), an allergic reaction, low mood, headaches or feeling sick. Some women may notice a change in their weight.
Serious side effects should be discussed with a doctor immediately, including symptoms of a blood clot, breast changes or jaundice.
Can I miss my period, while taking Norgeston?
Some women notice a change in the regularity of their periods when taking Norgeston. Periods may be absent, or you may notice some spotting or bleeding in between each period. These changes are usually nothing to worry about, and often disappear once you have been taking the pill for a few months.
Can I use Norgeston to delay my period?
Norgeston does not reliably prevent or delay a woman from having a period. Some women find that their periods become irregular or absent, but this is not the case for all women. A different medication called norethisterone is usually recommended for women looking to delay their period.
Do birth control pills cause weight gain?
Some women may notice that they gain weight when taking birth control pills. Weight gain often occurs as a result of increased appetite and the resultant calorie intake. However, this is more strongly associated with pills that also contain oestrogen. Women taking Norgeston may notice weight gain or weight loss.
How do I know if Norgeston is the right pill for me?
With a wide variety of contraceptive pills available, it is best to consult with a doctor who can make a professional recommendation. A doctor at ABC Doktor can consider your past medical history, medication history and any other factors before reaching a decision with you about the most suitable form of contraception for your individual circumstances.
Can I take Norgeston while breastfeeding?
Mini pills such as Norgeston have not been shown to have any harmful effects when breastfeeding. A woman’s breast milk remains suitable to nurture a healthy baby. As every woman is an individual, discuss the fact that you are breastfeeding with your doctor prior to obtaining a prescription for Norgeston or any other contraceptive.
I am lactose intolerant, is Norgeston safe for me to take?
Norgeston pills contain lactose. Unfortunately, this may make them unsuitable for individuals who have an intolerance or allergy to lactose. It is advisable to consider a form of contraception that does not contain lactose in order to avoid an unwanted reaction to the medication.
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