Millinette is a combined contraceptive pill, containing 2 hormones: oestrogen and progesterone. Millinette comes in 2 packages (20/75 and 30/75), with different doses of oestrogen.
There’s a slightly higher risk of side effects with Millinette 30 as it contains more hormones, but these side effects can be positive too.
Millinette can be ordered online using a quick questionnaire, so long as you are aged between 16 and 50 and female. One of our doctors will review your request and approve appropriate treatment.
Then we can deliver your pills to you, or you can pick them up in any Superdrug store or from a post office.
To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a suitable treatment.
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Millinette works in the same way as other combined contraceptive pills to prevent pregnancy. The 2 hormones in the pill:
- stop your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation) every month
- thicken the mucus in your cervix lining the neck of the womb (uterus), making it more difficult for a sperm to reach an egg
- thin the lining of the womb (endometrium), making it difficult for a fertilised egg to attach and grow
Millinette is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken at the same time each day. But in reality it is closer to being 91% effective because you might:
- forget to take your pill
- forget to restart the pill pack at the right time
- happen to be sick (vomit) or have diarrhoea
- be taking other medicines that make Millinette less effective
Millinette comes in a strip of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week. To take Millinette correctly you should:
- take your 1st pill on the 1st day of your period. If you start Millinette on days 2 to 5 of your period, make sure to use condoms for the first 7 days
- take 1 pill every day in the order shown on the pill packet and at the -
- after you’ve taken all 21 pills, stop for 7 days. You’ll probably have a bleed during this break, which will look and feel like your usual period. You will not need to use extra contraception during this 7 day break
- start your next packet of 21 pills immediately after your 7 day break, on the same day of the week you started the 1st pack
For more information, see the patient information leaflet for Millinette.
What should I do if I miss a pill?
If you do forget to take your pill, but remember to take it within 24 hours there is no increased chance of getting pregnant. You should take it as soon as you remember, even if this means taking 2 pills at the same time, and then return to taking your pill at the correct time.
If it’s been more than 24 hours, follow our doctors’ advice on missed pills.
Other ways to take Millinette
There are other ways to take Millinette which are safe, but are not in the leaflet. You could have:
- a 4 day break
- a break after 9 weeks of continuously taking the pill
- no break at all
Speak to your doctor or a Superdrug Online Doctor to discuss the best way for you to take Millinette.
Millinette works straight away if you start the pill within the 1st 5 days of your period.
Otherwise, you’re only protected if you have taken Millinette every day for 7 days in a row.
Make sure to use condoms if you have sex during these 1st 7 days because you will be at risk of pregnancy.
Millinette can cause side effects, although not everybody will get them.
There’s a slightly higher risk of side effects with Millinette 30 than with Millinette 20, as it contains a higher level of the hormone oestrogen. Blood clots are more likely to occur with Millinette 30 than with Millinette 20.
If you’re getting side effects from Millinette:
- try to stick with it for 3 months before talking to your doctor. This is roughly how long your body takes to adjust to the new hormones
- talk to your doctor if symptoms continue after 3 months, or if they become worse. They may need to investigate other possible causes for your symptoms
Common side effects:
- breast pain
- vaginal discharge
- vaginal thrush infection
- changes in your period
- mood changes
Uncommon side effects:
- changes in blood pressure
- breast enlargement
- changes in libido
- hair loss
- fluid retention
- changes in weight to less or more
Rare side effects:
- reduced hearing
- blood clots
- skin changes
- nipple discharge
Will I gain weight on Millinette?
There’s no reason to believe that taking Millinette will cause you to gain weight.
Weight gain is listed as a common side effect for Millinette in the patient information leaflet. But there are no studies that show a clear link between taking the pill and weight gain.
You should not take Millinette if you:
- are a smoker and are over the age of 35
- take medications such as statins for high cholesterol
- have a raised BMI or are very overweight
Or if you have/have had:
- uncontrolled diabetes
- problems with heart disease or circulation
- a family history of blood clotting
- a history of migraines with aura
- heart attacks or strokes
- unexplained vagina bleeding
- a history of breast cancer (but Milinette can be used after 5 years if there's no evidence of disease and non-hormonal methods are unacceptable)
- kidney or liver problems
- cervical cancer
- Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease
- sickle cell anaemia
- varicose veins
- allergies to any of the ingredients in Millinette
A progesterone-only (mini pill) may be more suitable for you if you have any of the conditions listed above. You should discuss any conditions you have with the doctor who is prescribing you Millinette, and they’ll help you choose the best form of contraception.
Some medicines can make Millinette less effective at preventing pregnancy, and Millinette could also affect the way that your other medication works.
Make sure to tell your doctor about any other medication you are currently on or have recently been taking.
Medicines that can make Millinette less effective include those used to treat:
- epilepsy tuberculosis
- HIV and Hepatitis C
- fungal infections
- pulmonary artery hypertension
- arthritis or arthrosis
The herbal remedy St John’s wort will also make Millinette less effective. Talk to your doctor if you want to continue to use any herbal products containing it.
Always discuss other medications with your doctor before starting Millinette. For more information, read the patient information leaflet.
The progesterone contained in Millinette may make it more likely that you will develop the following conditions:
- blood clots – the oestrogen in Millinette can increase clotting factors in the blood, so there is a small increased risk of a blood clot while you are taking this pill. Common symptoms to keep an eye out for are sharp chest pains, coughing up blood, swollen and painful legs, and sudden rapid heartbeat or breathing
- breast cancer – the oestrogen contained in the combined contraceptive pill can also increase how fast breast cells grow, which can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer. Whether you are on a contraceptive pill or not, you should check for breast lumps regularly and tell your doctor if you find anything unusual
- cervical cancer – oestrogen in the combined contraceptive pill can cause cancer-promoting genes to become more active, leading to an increased risk of cervical cancer. It is important to have regular cervical screenings whether you are on a contraceptive or not. The NHS offers cervical screening for women aged 25 to 64, to help pick up any unusual cell changes in your cervix
Talk through the potential risks with your doctor before taking the combined pill.
Can I drink alcohol on Millinette?
You can drink alcohol in moderation while you are taking Millinette. Alcohol will not make your pill any less effective or increase your risk of side effects.
It’s always best to stick to the guidelines on safe drinking.
Can I take painkillers on Millinette?
You can take over-the-counter painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen when taking Millinette. These painkillers will not have any effect on how well your pill works or increase your risk of getting side effects either.
Can I take the morning after pill on Millinette?
The morning after pill (ellaOne or Levonelle) can make Millinette less effective.
If you take emergency contraception while taking Millinette, you may need to use an additional form of contraception like condoms for 12 days after taking the morning after pill. But morning after pills vary so it’s important to take advice from your doctor or pharmacist on how to restart your contraceptive, and if you need any further protection
Can I delay my period when I’m taking Millinette?
It is easy to delay your period when you are taking Millinette. You can simply skip the usual 7-day pill-free break and continue straight on to the next pack of your pills, taking them as you would normally.
Can I take Milinette if I’m breastfeeding?
You should not take Millinette if you're breastfeeding because it could affect your baby. Instead, you should talk to your doctor about other methods of contraception. Barrier methods such as condoms may be the best option for you while breastfeeding.
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