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 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.
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.
There are 21 Logynon 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.
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.
Pharmacist Tip: Logynon should be taken regularly at roughly the same time every day with a 7-day pill-free break after each pack. 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.