Gedarel is an oral contraceptive. When used correctly, it will provide near 100% protection against pregnancy. Its two active ingredients, Gedarel and ethinylestradiol, prevent ovulation from occurring during the menstrual cycle. Gedarel is a monophasic combined pill, meaning each pill contains the same dose of Gedarel and ethinylestradiol. Gedarel contains a lower dose compared to most other versions of the Pill, so it may be appropriate for you if you are particularly susceptible to side effects.
If you have been prescribed Gedarel, repeat supplies can be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy, following a simple medical questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order on the same working day – if they deem that Gedarel is suitable for you, your order will be with you as soon as the next working day.
Pregnancy occurs when an egg released from the ovaries is fertilised by sperm. In a normal menstrual cycle, the ovaries release one egg each month – this is the process of ovulation. This process is controlled by the female sex hormones progesterone and oestrogen. Gedarel contains two synthetic hormones, Gedarel and ethinylestradiol, which imitate these two natural hormones. They control the levels of each hormone in such a way that prevents an egg from being released. The Pill also makes it more difficult for sperm to reach the uterus, by thickening the fluid that is in the cervix.
During a regular menstrual cycle, the endometrium (the wall of the uterus) builds up in preparation for a fertilised egg. Gedarel reduces the extent of this buildup, making it less likely that a fertilised egg will develop into an embryo. As a further result, periods become lighter.
Gedarel may reduce acne, and protect against conditions such as fibroids, ovarian cysts and pelvic inflammatory disease. It will not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
There are 21 Gedarel pills in a pack. Once you have finished a pack, you will stop taking the pill for seven days. During this time you will have a normal bleed. Once seven days have passed, begin your next cycle of treatment.
If you have missed one pill, anywhere in the pack, take the last pill you missed now, even if it means taking two pills in one day. You will not normally need to take additional contraceptive precautions.