How to take Norgeston
You can take your pill with or without food, preferably with a glass of water. Norgeston pills should be swallowed whole and not chewed. You will need to take it at the same time every day to prevent getting pregnant. Please note, product packaging may differ from the image above.
It’s very important that you remember to take your pill at the same time every day, to make sure they are effective. If you are more than three hours late taking Norgeston, you will not be protected against pregnancy and so you’ll need to use a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom, for two days (and continue taking your other pills as normal).
If you have any questions about when you should be taking your pill, speak to your doctor.
When to start taking Norgeston
It’s best to start taking it on the first day of your menstrual cycle, that is the first day of your period. This protects you from pregnancy immediately.
You can start taking your pill up to the fifth day of your cycle without needing to use any other contraception - unless you have a short menstrual cycle of 23 days or less. If so, you’ll need to use another form of contraception for the first two days.
If you’re not pregnant, you can start taking Norgeston at any time in your cycle, as long as you use another type of contraception too for the first two days.
If you’ve just given birth, Norgeston will protect you against pregnancy immediately if you start taking it on day 21 after giving birth. If you start taking it any later, you’ll need to use a condom or another form of barrier contraception for two days.
If you are starting this pill straight after having a miscarriage or abortion at under 24 weeks, you will also be protected against pregnancy immediately. If you start taking it more than five days afterwards you will need to use extra contraception for the first two days of pill taking.
You must take the pills as instructed, because if you are late taking a pill, have missed a pill completely or take them at the same time as some other types of medicine, you may be at risk of pregnancy.
Norgeston tablets should be taken every day without a break between packs. This includes when you are having a period.
What do I do if I forget to take Norgeston?
You need to remember to take Norgeston at the same time every day.
If you forget to take a pill, take it as soon as you remember, and If you’ve missed more than one pill just take the last one you missed. Then, take your next pill at the normal time, even if you have to take two pills at the same time.
If you are less than three hours late taking your pill you are still protected from pregnancy and don’t have to use any extra contraception.
If you are more than three hours late, you will need to use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for the next two days because you may be at risk of pregnancy. Carry on taking your pills at the normal times.
If you have unprotected sex in the two days after missing a pill, the advice from the Family Planning Association (FPA) is to use emergency contraception (the morning after pill).
If you’re not sure what to do, speak to your doctor, a pharmacist or local family planning clinic.
What if I have diarrhoea or vomiting?
If you vomit (throw up) within two hours of taking your pill, it may not have been fully absorbed. Take another pill as soon as you feel well enough.
As long as the replacement pill is taken within three hours of your usual time and you take your next pill at the normal time, you should still be protected from pregnancy.
If the vomiting carries on, it can make your pill less effective. Keep taking it at the normal time but use another form of contraception at the same time. You’ll need to do this for the duration of your tummy upset and for two days afterwards.
If you have severe diarrhoea, this can affect how the pill is absorbed and also make it less effective. If you experience diarrhoea, you should use extra contraception, like condoms, during the time you have the stomach upset and for two days afterwards. Keep taking your pills at the normal time.