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Phasic 21-day contraceptive pills, like Logynon & Logynon ED, contain a combination of the hormones oestrogens and progestogens. They help to make it harder for the sperm to penetrate the womb and to reduce the chance of a fertilised egg implanting in the womb. If taken correctly they are over 99% successful at preventing pregnancy.
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What is Logynon & what is it used for?
Logynon is an oral contraceptive. It is a triphasic combined pill. When used correctly, it will provide near 100% protection against pregnancy. Its two active ingredients, levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol, prevent ovulation from occurring during the menstrual cycle. Logynon is ‘triphasic’ in that it alters the amount of levonorgestrel in one dose, depending on the week in the cycle. This more closely mimics the natural hormonal cycle, which reduces some of the side effects associated with many other oral contraceptives.
Logynon ED contains the same active ingredients as the regular Logynon tablets and also includes seven extra inactive tablets that you continue to take during your week break to keep your regular routine.
Unless you have been told otherwise by your prescriber, it is usually fine to start a new pack of pills straight after you have finished your last one, without a break, to delay your period. You should not run more than two packs together without advice from your doctor.
Logynon 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 Logynon is suitable for you, your order will be with you as soon as the next working day.
How does Logynon work?
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. Logynon contains two synthetic hormones, levonorgestrel 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. Logynon 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. The biphasic course of levonorgestrel in Logynon reduces side effects by more closely imitating the natural hormonal cycle.
What do I do if I miss a pill?
Logynon should be taken regularly at roughly the same time every day with a 7-day pill-free break after each pack if you are taking Logynon. If you are taking Logynon ED you should take your 28 tablets and then start your next pack the following day without a break.
If you miss one pill anywhere in your pack, take it as soon as you remember even if it means taking two pills in a day. You should continue taking your pills as normal and you will not need additional contraception. If you miss more than one pill you will lose your contraceptive cover and extra contraception will be required for at least 7 days.
Non-medicinal contraception alternatives
- Female condoms - not only do they prevent pregnancy they also prevent STIs. There is currently only one brand available in the UK, called Femidom. Shown to be 95% effective.
- Male condoms - prevent pregnancy and also prevent STIs. Shown to be 98% effective.
- Logynon Tablets, Patient Information Leaflet:
Logynon ED Tablets: Patient Information Leaflet:
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Logynon is unsuitable for you if you have:
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- A family history of blood clots
- A blood clotting disorder
- Very high blood pressure
- Very high lipid levels in the blood
- Severe migraines with visual disturbances
- Impaired liver function
- Any history of breast cancer.
You may be advised not to take Logynon if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Crohn’s disease or chronic inflammatory bowel disease
- Kidney disease
- Sickle-cell anaemia
- An inflamed pancreas
- Inflamed veins under the skin
- Varicose veins
- High blood pressure
Do not use Logynon if you have breast cancer, or if you have had it before. Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives may slightly increase your chance of developing breast cancer. Once you have stopped using the Pill for at least 10 years, your risk levels will come back down. Women who are elderly and/or overweight are more vulnerable to breast cancer. Take care using Logynon if a close relative has suffered from breast cancer before. Check your breasts and nipples regularly for any changes or lumps. If you notice anything abnormal, visit your doctor as soon as you can.
You may be more susceptible to blood clots while taking Logynon, especially during the first year of use. Talk to your GP before having any operation while taking the Pill. You may need to stop using Logynon in advance of the operation to avoid the increased risk of a blood clot. You are also at a heightened risk of developing a blood clot if you:
- Are obese
- Have a family history of blood clots
- Do not exercise regularly
- Have had a miscarriage in the past
- Have recently given birth.
Logynon may increase your chance of developing cervical cancer. For this reason, you should have regular smear tests while taking the Pill.
If you require any blood test, inform your doctor of which medicines you are taking – Logynon may alter the results of some blood tests.
Logynon and other medicines
The following medicines may impact the effectiveness of Logynon:
- Epilepsy medicines (e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine)
- HIV medicines
- Hepatitis C medicines
- Some antibiotics
- St John’s Wort
Logynon may also impact the effectiveness of certain medicines. Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
If possible, begin taking Logynon on the first day of your period. Take one pill at a similar time each day, in the indicated order.
- For the first six days, you will take light brown tablets which contain 50mcg levonorgestrel.
- For the following five days you will take white tablets which contain 75mcg levonorgestrel.
- For the final ten days, you will take ochre-coloured tablets which contain 125mcg levonorgestrel.
There are 21 Logynon pills in a strip. Once you have finished a strip, 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 take Logynon ED, you will not have a break, your pill runs in 28-day cycles and is taken continuously. Logynon ED is taken in the same way as Logynon for the first 21 days and then you should take the 7 white tablets for the remaining 7 days before starting your next pack.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, even if it is nearly time for your next pill. If you have missed one day, you should still be protected from pregnancy. If you miss multiple days, you are advised to use additional contraception for the following seven days.
The active ingredients contained in Logynon are:
6 light brown tablets – 50mcg levonorgestrel, 30mcg ethinylestradiol
5 white tablets – 75mcg levonorgestrel, 40mcg ethinylestradiol
10 ochre tablets – 125mcg levonorgestrel, 30mcg ethinylestradiol
Logynon also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, polyethylene glycol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, montan glycol wax, glycerin (E422), titanium dioxide (E171), ferric oxide pigment (red and yellow) (E172).
Logynon side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Logynon, however if you do they may include:
- stomach pain
- weight gain
- mood swings
- breast pain
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Logynon & Logynon ED FAQs
If possible, begin taking Logynon on the first day of your period. If you begin taking the Pill in the first five days of your cycle, you will be immediately protected from pregnancy. If you begin later in your cycle, you will need to abstain from sex or use alternative contraception for the first seven days of taking Logynon.
If you have a menstrual cycle of less than 24 days, you may need to use alternative contraception for your first seven days regardless of when you start.
If you have just given birth, begin taking Logynon on day 21 following the birth. If you begin taking the Pill later than this, you will not be immediately protected against another pregnancy.
Begin taking Logynon immediately following an abortion or miscarriage. If more than seven days have passed, you will need to use additional contraception for your first seven days of using the Pill.
Yes – we understand that sometimes you will want your treatment as soon as possible. If ordered before 4pm Monday to Friday, Logynon is available for next-day delivery.
Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Logynon online.
The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.
All of our contraceptives are supplied by the same UK-based wholesalers used by the large high-street chains.
Just select ‘Start Consultation’ next to the product above, or on the links below.
You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Logynon to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day.
The price includes the medication you have selected, the private consultation with our doctor or pharmacist and, if the purchase is over £40, it also includes free standard delivery. Under £40, standard delivery is £2.95 and all items are sent using a Royal Mail Tracked Service.
There are many advantages to buying the Pill online, some include:
- It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
- Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
- Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
- Wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Logynon and other contraceptives, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.