Women need to take contraceptives to ensure the risk of pregnancy is reduced. But aside from that, women may also reap the benefits of taking certain contraceptives, like providing relief from premenstrual symptom and regularising periods.

If you’re looking for a combined pill, then you should look into Femodene. This pill contains two types of female hormones that ensure you avoid unplanned pregnancies. Read on this article to know the side effects of Femodene, how it works, and other useful information.

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What Is Femodene? 

Femodene is a combined contraceptive pill that combines both the oestrogen and progestogen female hormones.

How Does the Femodene Pill Work? 

The hormones in Femodene prevents pregnancy in three different ways: by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg; by thickening the mucus in your cervix to make it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg, and by making it difficult for the egg to attach itself to the lining of your womb due to an induced thickening.

What Are the Benefits of Taking Femodene? 

The main benefit of using Femodene is the protection from unplanned pregnancies. This drug ensures that you can enjoy intimacy with your partner without the constant worry of becoming pregnant. Aside from that, Femodene being a combined contraceptive pill, helps regulate your menstrual cycle and manage the premenstrual symptoms. Although combination pills work well with acne, there is no information if Femodene acne-care is legit.

More importantly, if this pill is taken following the instructions provided by your doctor, this is the most effective and reliable reversible contraceptive. Plus, it does not affect your sex drive at all!

How to Take Femodene Contraceptive Pill? 

Before taking this medicine, you need to consult with your doctor so that you can get instructions on how to take this pill properly. You should also read the provided patient information leaflet for more information. You are to orally swallow the one (1) pill with water every day for 21 days, approximately at the same time.

If you are new to using Femodene, your first tablet should be taken on the first day of your next period to ensure you still have contraceptive protection form your previous pill. However, suppose you are using a different contraceptive and want to start using Femodene. In that case, you should start taking Femodene after the day you finish the last pack of your previous contraceptive.

If you have just given birth, you should start Femodene on the 21st day after your delivery. But you should use a barrier contraceptive method, i.e., condoms for the first seven days of using Femodene. Proper consultation with your doctor is required if you wish to your this pill if you have had a miscarriage or abortion.

The packets have labels indicating the days of the week and arrows that point the direction of use to ensure that you don’t forget your pills. Your first pill should correspond to the day of the week you are starting. For example, if you are starting this contraceptive on a Monday, you should take the pill marked “Mon” from the top row. Then, follow the direction of the arrow until you finish your first pack.

After completing the 21 pills in the pack, you need to take a seven-day break; this means, you should not take Femodene for seven (7) days. After the break, you should continue on your next pack; you still have to take the pill with the label that corresponds on the day of the week.

During the seven-day break, you will still enjoy the protection from pregnancy. Also, you will have your period. You have to start your next pack on the day you are supposed to (after the seventh day of your break) whether your period has ended or not.

You are to take one (1) Femodene pill every day at the same time for 21 days, then have a pill-free break for seven (7) days.

This contraceptive pill will be less effective if you miss taking your daily pill or start a strip later than you should. If you miss one tablet, take it as soon as you remember, then resume at the usual on the next day. If you miss more than one pill or start a pack more than one day late, you may be at risk for pregnancy. If this happens, you should leave the missed pills and take the most recent one, but you are advised to use additional contraception for at least seven (7) days.

Experiencing a reaction, like diarrhoea or feeling sick after taking the pill, that is your body saying it is still not used to the dose of hormones from the pill. You may also vomit; if you do so after two (2) hours of taking Femodene, take a pill from the spare strip. Then, continue taking the pill as normal until you complete the pack.

You can also use Femodene to delay your period. If you wish to, you should immediately start taking the pills from the next strip after you finish one. Do not take a pill-free break for seven (7) days. The same instructions apply during this process.

If you have or have had the following conditions, you should not Femodene:

  • A blood clot in a blood vessel
  • A disorder affecting your blood clotting
  • In need of an operation or if you are off your feet for a long time
  • A heart attack or stroke
  • Angina pectoris
  • Blood vessel damage due to severe diabetes
  • Severely high blood pressure
  • Hyperhomocysteinaemia
  • Migraine called ‘migraine with aura’
  • Breast cancer
  • Severe liver disease
  • Liver tumours
  • Allergic to any of Femodene’s ingredients

The following conditions may affect your prescription. Inform your doctor right away if these apply to you:

  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome
  • Sickle cell anaemia
  • Pancreatitis
  • High levels of fat in the blood or genetic history of this condition
  • Just given birth
  • Inflammation in the veins under the skin
  • Varicose veins
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Family history of blood clotting
  • Porphyria
  • Overweight or obese
  • Migraines
  • Pregnancy or any disease that worsened during previous use of the contraceptive pill

Femodene may be affected or affect the following medications:

  • Medicines used to treat epilepsy
  • HIV and Hepatitis C Virus infections treatment
  • Griseofulvin
  • Certain antibiotics
  • Barbiturates
  • Herbal medications containing St. John’s Wort

You should inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medications as it may cause interaction and possible complications.

When you take the pill, your risk of breast cancer is slightly higher than those who don’t take it. However, is you stop taking the pill, your risk also reduces; after ten years of stopping, your risk for breast diminishes to the same level as those who have not taken it. Either way, it is a must to assess your breast for any lumps, swells or dimpling and consult your doctor if you notice any changes.

Although you can develop deep venous thrombosis even if you are not on the pill, your risk is higher when you are taking contraceptive pills. If you notice swelling of one leg or swelling of one leg or along a vein in the leg or foot, notify your doctor right away.

Taking Femodene may cause these side effects:

  • Feeling sick
  • Stomach ache
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Depressive moods or mood swings
  • Sore or painful breasts

If you experience any of the side effects of Femodene, or if they persist or worsen, consult your doctor immediately.

You will need a prescription from your doctor to buy Femodene from your nearest pharmacy. If you prefer to buy from an online pharmacy, you may be required to undergo an online consultation.