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Lovima 75mcg Tablets 84 tablets

Lovima 75mcg Tablets

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Lovima - The OTC Mini-Pill

Lovima is a progesterone-only contraceptive pill, proven to be 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It is currently the first contraceptive pill that can be purchased online without a prescription from a GP. Buy Lovima today, from The Independent Pharmacy, when you complete a 7 short pharmacy questions without leaving your home with fast delivery in discreet packaging.

Lovima Information

  • Age: 16 years +

    Maximum per order: N/A

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Suitable

What is Lovima and what is it used for?

Lovima is an oral contraceptive pill that is taken daily to prevent pregnancy in women of childbearing age. It contains just a synthetic form of progesterone, called desogestrel and is, therefore, known as a progesterone-only pill (POP) or the “mini-pill”. 

Lovima is a perfect contraceptive option for women who do not want to or are unable to tolerate contraceptive pills containing oestrogen, known as the combined oral contraceptive pill. Desogestrel gives women more flexibility, when taking the pill, providing effective protection against pregnancy even if taken up to 12 hours late. 

Manufactured by Leon Pharma, Lovima has proven to be a very effective and safe medicine and therefore has become the first contraceptive pill, for adult women, to be available to buy through pharmacies without the need for a prescription from your GP. 

 

How does Lovima work?

Lovima contains 75 micrograms of the active ingredient, desogestrel which is 99% effective at preventing unplanned pregnancy by replicating how the female body’s natural sex hormone, progesterone works. Desogestrel both thickens the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus and for most women prevents ovulation all together. 

 

How quickly does Lovima work?

How quickly Lovima takes to work will depend on at what time in your cycle you start taking it and whether you are switching from another form of contraception. When Lovima is started on the first day of your menstrual period or is taken immediately after switching from another form of contraception, without a break, it starts working immediately. 

For all other circumstances additional contraception, such as a condom, will need to be used during intercourse for the first 7 days to protect against pregnancy. 

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

How to use Lovima

Before you start taking Lovima, please ensure that you have read and understood the directions in the Patient Information Leaflet, which are summarised below. 

Lovima is for oral use only to prevent pregnancy. Repeat supplies of Lovima can be issued by our medical team at The Independent Pharmacy for women over the age of 18 years once a health questionnaire is completed. 

  • Take one Lovima tablet every day at a similar time, with a glass of water if needed, until the packet is empty. 
  • Start each new packet on the top row taking the tablet that correlates with the right day of the week printed on the pack over each tablet and follow the direction of the arrows.
  • When you finish a pack, every 28 days, start a new packet the next day. Do not have a break.

 

How to start Lovima

If you are not currently or have not used any hormonal contraception in the past month:

  • You should wait for your period to begin and take your first Lovima tablet on the first day of your period. 
  • You will not need to use any additional contraception such as a condom to prevent pregnancy. 
  • If you start Lovima anytime after day 1 of your period use barrier contraception for 7 days.

If you are switching from a combined pill, vaginal ring or transdermal patch:

  • Take your first Lovima tablet, the day after your last active tablet, or the day your ring or patch is due to be changed.
  • You will not need to use any additional contraception such as a condom to prevent pregnancy. 
  • If you have any break between stopping your previous contraception and starting Lovima you will need additional contraception for the next 7 days. 

If you are changing from any other progestogen-only-pill:

  • You can switch on any day and you will not need to use additional barrier contraception.

If you are changing from an injection or implant or hormonal IUS such as the coil:

  • Start your first Lovima tablet the day your next injection is due or on the day that your implant or your IUS is removed. You will not need to use additional barrier contraception.

If you are using Lovima after having a baby:

  • You can start taking Lovima anytime before your period starts.
  • If you start taking Lovima tablets over 21 days after giving birth you must use additional contraception such as condoms, for the first 7 days.

 

What to do if you are late or miss a Lovima pill

If you are over 12 hours late taking your Lovima tablet, you vomit or have diarrhoea within 3-4 hours, this counts as a “missed pill”:

  • You should take the “missed pill” as soon as you remember or as soon as you feel better and then continue to take your pills at the usual time the next day. You may need to take 2 on the same day.
  • You should use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for 7 days as you may not be protected from pregnancy.
  • If you are more than 12 hours late taking your pill and have had sex, you can use emergency contraception to protect you from pregnancy. See the “warnings” section for more important information.

If you are less than 12 hours late taking your Lovima tablet: 

  • Take the late pill as soon as you remember and take the next tablet at the usual time. 
  • You will still be protected from pregnancy.

Lovima side effects

Like other medications, Lovima may cause some people to experience side effects. These normally improve after the first few months. Before you start using Lovima tablets, please ensure you are aware of all of the side effects listed in the Patient Information Leaflet. 

If you experience severe side effects or an allergic reaction while taking Lovima you should get immediate medical advice from a doctor or your nearest emergency department.

If you are concerned about any side effects or you find they do not improve after the first few months or after you stop using Lovima you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice. 

The most common side effects of taking Lovima are:

  • Irregular periods, spotting or no periods.
  • Mood changes - low mood, depression, anxiety
  • Low libido or sex drive
  • Headaches 
  • Nausea
  • Acne and spots
  • Breast pain and tenderness 
  • Weight gain

Lovima ingredients

The active ingredient in each Lovima tablet: 75 micrograms of Desogestrel

The other ingredients include: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone K30, soybean oil, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide. For a comprehensive list of ingredients please see the Patient Information Leaflet. 

Lovima warnings

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for full details on the warnings and precautions associated with Lovima tablets. 

  • Lovima, like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against any sexually transmitted infections.
  • Speak to a doctor before taking Lovima if you suffer from liver disease, diabetes, thrombosis, unexplained vaginal bleeding or high blood pressure.
  • Lovima contains desogestrel which may increase your risk of developing breast cancer - you should ensure you regularly check your breasts for changes and see a doctor if you are concerned.
  • Lovima in very rare circumstances can increase the chance of developing a blood clot. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of a blood clot you should see your doctor as soon as possible. 
  • If you are currently or have recently been taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Lovima.
  • Lovima contains soy and lactose.

 

Lovima and emergency contraception

There may be some circumstances whilst taking Lovima that you may need to take emergency contraception to protect you from pregnancy. This may be because you have missed a pill and had unprotected sex within 7 days of your missed pill. 

  • It is safe to use emergency contraception containing Levonorgestrel, such as Isteranda, whilst taking Lovima. You should continue taking Lovima every day after, but you will also need to use additional contraception, condoms, for the next 7 days to protect against pregnancy. 
  • Emergency contraception containing ulipristal acetate, such as Ella One, when taken at the same time as Lovima can reduce the effects of both medicines, which increases the chances of pregnancy. If you take emergency contraception containing ulipristal acetate during a cycle you should stop taking Lovima for 5 days. You will need to use additional contraception, condoms, for these 5 days and then for the next 7 days after restarting Lovima, to protect against pregnancy. 

 

Lovima in pregnancy & breastfeeding

You should not take any hormonal contraceptives if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. You can, however, take Lovima while you are breastfeeding but you should discuss your contraceptives options with a doctor, your midwife or health visitor first.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Scott McDougall

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Published on: 15-06-2021

Last modified on: 15-06-2021


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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Andy Boysan

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Reviewed on: 15-06-2021

Next review date: 15-06-2023


Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.


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