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Millinette is a contraceptive pill which is used to protect against pregnancy. 

To order a repeat supply of Millinette online, fill in our brief medical assessment. One of our online doctors will review your order and approve appropriate treatment. You can choose between delivery and in-store collection at your local Superdrug pharmacy.

3 month pack £25
6 month pack £35

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About Millinette

What is Millinette

How does Millinette work? 

Millinette tablets contain two active ingredients, ethinylestradiol and gestodene. These are synthetic versions of oestrogen and progesterone, sex hormones that naturally occur in a woman’s body. 

Millinette works by increasing the thickness of the mucus at the neck of your womb, which makes it harder for any sperm to get through and fertilise an egg. Millinette also changes the quality of the womb lining making it harder for an embryo to implant.

What is it used for?

Millinette is prescribed for women who want to have sex without becoming pregnant. It cannot protect you against sexually transmitted diseases. Some women also take Millinette to help with the symptoms of heavy or painful periods.

Who can take Millinette?

Millinette may be suitable for you if you are sexually active and want to avoid pregnancy without having to use a barrier method of contraception like a condom. It may also be suitable for you if you are experiencing heavy or painful periods, and are happy to use a contraceptive pill.

Who should not take Millinette?

Millinette is safe for most healthy women to take, although there are some women it may not be suitable for. 

If you think you may be pregnant, stop taking Millinette straight away and see your doctor. 
Millinette shouldn’t be used if you are still breastfeeding. You’ll need to use another form of contraception until your baby is weaned or at least six months old.

There are other conditions that might prevent you from using Millinette. These include:

  • If you have ever had a  blood clot in a vein of your leg or in your lungs , or if one of your parents, brothers or sisters has had a blood clot in the leg or lung before the age of 45.
  • If you have a blood disorder that increases the risk of blood clots 
  • If you’re having certain types of treatment for varicose veins.
  • If you have two or more of the risk factors for getting a blood clot in a vein, eg obesity, smoking, long-term immobility.
  • If you’ve ever had a heart attack, stroke or mini-stroke caused by a blood clot in an artery.
  • If you have  angina, heart valve disease or an irregular heartbeat
  • If you have severe high blood pressure 
  • If you smoke more than 40 cigarettes per day, or more than 15 if you’re aged over 35.
  • If you’re over 50 
  • If you have  severe diabetes.
  • If you get  migraines with an aura, severe migraines that last over 72 hours despite treatment, or migraines that are treated with ergot derivatives.
  • If you have breast cancer or a history of breast cancer 
  • If you have unexplained vaginal bleeding 
  • If you have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
  • If you have a history of excess of urea in the blood (haemolytic uraemic syndrome)
  • If you have  any form of active liver disease or  a history of liver disease where your liver function has not returned to normal.
  • If you have a disorder of bile excretion that cause jaundice 
  • If you have gallstones.
  • If you have a history of jaundice, severe itching,a  hearing disorder called otosclerosis, or a rash called pemphigoid gestationis during a previous pregnancy, or previous use of sex hormones.
  • If you have a type of hereditary blood disorder known as porphyria.

There are other conditions that might mean you can still take Millinette but will need to have more regular check ups - see your doctor or the patient information list for more information.

Dosage

How to take Millinette

Millinette is a monophasic pill, which means each pill has the same amount of hormones in it. Take a pill every day for 21 days and then have a seven day break. During the seven day break from taking the pill you are likely to have a bleed, similar to a normal period. Start the next pack after your seven pill-free days, even if you are still bleeding.

You should take the tablets every day at approximately the same time. Take it with a glass of water, with or without food.

When to start taking Millinette

You can start taking Millinette at any time in your menstrual cycle, but ideally start taking it from the first day of your period. This will give you protection from pregnancy straight away.

If you start taking Millinette at any point up to day five of your cycle you should  be protected from pregnancy as soon as you start taking it, unless you have a short menstrual cycle ( 23 days or less), in which case you may need to use another type of contraception like condoms, for seven days. If you aren’t sure, talk to your doctor or sexual health clinic.

If you start taking Millinette on any other day of your cycle,  use extra contraception for the first seven days.

If you have just had a baby but aren’t breastfeeding, you can start taking Millinette 21 days after the birth and you’ll be protected from pregnancy straight away. If you start taking it more than 21 days after you have your baby, you’ll need to use extra contraception for seven days.

If you’ve had a  miscarriage or abortion at under 24 weeks, you will be protected against pregnancy If you start taking Millinette straight away. If it’s more than seven days after the miscarriage or abortion, start taking it but use extra contraception for seven days.

Missed tablets

If you’re less than 12 hours late taking a Millinette pill, you are still protected from pregnancy. Just take it as soon as you remember and carry on taking the rest of your pills as normal.

If you’re more than 12 hours late:

Week 1 of the pack

Take the last missed tablet as you remember, even if you have to take two in one day. Carry on taking the rest of your pills as normal. Use a condom or another type of contraception for seven days.  If you’ve had unprotected sex before you realise you’ve missed a pill, it’s possible that you might be pregnant. This is more likely the earlier in the week you miss your pill, and if you’ve missed more than one. 


Week 2 of the pack

Take  the last missed tablet as soon as you remember, even if you have to take two in one day. Carry on taking the rest of your pills at the same time. If you’ve taken your pill properly for at least seven days before the missed pill, you will still be protected against pregnancy. If you’ve missed more than one tablet, use an extra form of contraception for seven days.

Week 3 of the pack

There are two options if you miss a pill in the last week. You can either:

Take the last missed pill as soon as you remember, even if you have to take two at once,  and carry on with the rest of the pack as usual. Start your next pack immediately after taking the last pill from this pack, without a break. You probably won’t have a bleed although you could get a little spotting if you do this.

You can also stop taking the pills from the pack you are on as soon as you notice you’ve missed a pill, have a seven day break, and then start the next pack.

If you’re sick or have diarrhea

If you’re sick up to four hours after you take your pill  you might not be protected against getting pregnant. Diarrhoea may also stop the pill being absorbed properly. If you have severe diarrhea or are sick within a few hours of taking the pill, follow the instructions for missing your pill as above.

Ingredients

The active ingredients are: 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol and 75 micrograms
gestodene in one coated tablet.

Millinette is also available in a low-dose version with 20 micrograms ethinylestradiol and 75 micrograms gestodene

The other ingredients are:

Tablet core: Sodium calcium edetate, Magnesium stearate, Silica colloidal
anhydrous, Povidone K-30, Maize starch, Lactose monohydrate.
Tablet coat: Quinoline yellow (E104), Povidone K-90, Titanium dioxide (E171),
Macrogol 6000, Talc, Calcium carbonate (E170), Sucrose.

Side effects

Are there any side effects with Millinette?

As with all medicines there is a risk of side effects when you are taking Millinette. Some of the side effects that have been reported include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Headaches and migraine.
  • Breast tenderness and enlargement.
  • Weight changes.
  • Water retention
  • Vaginal thrush 
  • Changes in menstrual bleeding,  lighter periods or sometimes no periods at all.
  • Spotting or breakthrough bleeding.
  • Depression.
  • Decrease in sex drive.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Skin reactions.

For a complete list of potential side effects, read the patient information leaflet that comes with your pack of Millinette. If you experience any persistent side effects, talk to your doctor, even possible side effects that aren’t listed in the leaflet. 

You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard 

Serious Side effects of Millinette

Women taking Millinette and other types of combined contraceptive pill have a slightly higher risk of developing a blood clot in their veins, lungs, or an artery, which can sometimes cause stroke or heart attack. Your risk is higher if you smoke, are older or are obese.

Stop taking the pills and contact your doctor immediately if you notice:

  • swelling in your leg and/or foot or along a vein in your leg
  • pain or tenderness in your leg that you may only feel when you’re standing or walking
  • warmth in the affected leg
  • red or discoloured skin on the affected leg
  • Sudden and  unexplained shortness of breath and/or rapid breathing
  • A sudden cough
  • sharp chest pain
  • severe light headedness or dizziness
  • rapid or irregular heartbeat

How can Millinette affect other medicines?

Some medicines, even those bought without a prescription and herbal remedies, can affect the way the contraceptive pill works. 

Check the patient information leaflet for a complete list of medicines that may either affect your pill, or be affected by it. You should always tell your doctor if you are using any other medicines, and also ask advice before you start taking any new medicines.