• Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Femodette is a combined hormonal birth control treatment, or ‘pill’. The two agents in the drug work in a similar way to progesterone and oestrogen.

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Each tablet contains 75 micrograms of gestodene and 20 micrograms of ethinylestradiol. They are taken once a day for the first 21 days of a menstrual cycle, followed by seven pill-free days.

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Femodette is a hormonal contraceptive pill, manufactured and marketed for sale in the UK by Bayer. It consists of two synthetic hormones, gestodene and ethinylestradiol, which mimic the action of progesterone and oestrogen. This product is a 21-day pill, meaning that it is taken daily for the first three consecutive weeks of a menstrual cycle, followed by a period of seven pill-free days. Treatment is commenced again the following week and so on.

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To prepare itself for pregnancy, the female reproductive system each month goes through a certain sequence of actions. One of these is ovulation, and this involves the production of an egg (or ova) from the ovary, after which it is ready for insemination by male sperm. Meanwhile, in the uterus, the lining of the uterine wall builds up so that it can accept implantation from a fertilised egg and harbour its development.

Hormones manage these processes. When levels of progesterone and oestrogen fall, the ovary generates an egg. In contraception, synthetic versions of these hormones work to convince the body that this process has already taken place and does not need to occur again. This prevents ovulation, and changes the consistency of the uterine wall so that it cannot accept egg implantation.

In addition to these measures, the man-made hormones in Femodette, gestodene and ethinylestradiol, also reduce the likelihood of conception by thickening cervical fluid, thereby making it harder for sperm to get through to an egg.

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Choose your product, and fill in our questionnaire. Your responses will be assessed by one of our GMC-registered practitioners, who will make out a prescription for your medicine if it is safe. Once confirmed, your order will be directed to our UK dispensing pharmacy, and sent to you by tracked courier. In most cases, your order will be with you by the very next day.

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How to use Femodette

When using the pill, it is important to follow the guidelines your prescribing doctor has issued, and also to read the instructions carefully. This will help to ensure that that it is as effective as possible, and limit the risk of possible side effects.

  1. Administer as directed.
  2. This will be one pill per day, taken at the same time, for 21 days consecutively.
  3. After this, you will have a seven day rest period.
  4. You will then begin taking the pill again at the beginning of the next four-weekly cycle, and repeat the process.
  5. Consult the leaflet for guidance on when to start taking it. If you are not switching from another pill, then this may be on the first day of your period.
  6. Use the markings and arrows on the strip to help you.
  7. If you miss a pill, consult the leaflet for advice on what to do next, and if you are still unsure, ask your doctor or family planning nurse.

These directions are provided only as a guide. Please study the leaflet thoroughly before use.

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Femodette side effects

It is essential to be aware of the side effects which may result when taking combined oral contraceptives, as some of them may require medical attention.

Speak to your doctor right away if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, blood clot, cervical or breast cancer, or severe liver disease. More information on how to recognise these can be located in the patient information leaflet.

Common (1 in 10 women or less):
Stomach ache, nausea, weight fluctuations, headache, mood swings, or breast pain or tenderness.

Uncommon (1 in 100 women or less):
Fluid retention, vomiting, migraine, loss of libido, skin rash, itching.

Rare (1 in 1000 women or less):
Intolerance to contact lenses, weight loss, vaginal or breast discharge, increased libido.

Frequency unknown:
Bleeding and spotting between periods, skin discoloration, worsening of some conditions.

This is not a complete list of associated side effects. More information can be found in the leaflet supplied.

Taking it with other medicines

Your prescriber needs to know if you are currently taking any other prescription, non-prescription or remedial products during consultation. Medicines which may interact with Femodette include those which treat epilepsy, HIV and Hepatitis C Virus infections; as well as griseofulvin, antibiotics, barbiturates and St. John’s Wort.

Conditions to look out for

Avoid using Femodette if you have ever had the following: a blood clot, or any condition which puts you at significantly increased risk of a blood clot; any condition which makes blood clotting more difficult for you; a heart attack or stroke; angina; severe diabetes with blood vessel damage; very high blood pressure; high level of cholesterol or triglycerides; hyperhomocysteinaemia; migraine with aura; breast cancer; or severe liver disease.

Some conditions may be made worse by the use of this pill. Disclose your medical history to your prescriber before use.

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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. Drinking alcohol will not affect how this pill works.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. But be aware that some side effects may make driving unsafe, and you should avoid doing so if you experience these.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

It is not suitable for those who are pregnant.

Let our doctor know if you are breastfeeding, as the use of this item may not be advisable.

How should I store it?

In a safe environment below 25°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Femodette contains gestodene, ethinylestradiol, lactose, maize starch, povidone, sucrose, magnesium stearate (E572), macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, and montan glycol wax.

Is it available over-the-counter?

You can only buy Femodette online or in person with a prescription from a doctor.

Is it right for me?

Find out by taking our short questionnaire. A doctor will review your responses, and issue your medication if it is suitable. Following approval, your items will be dispensed and shipped to your door within one business day.

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