Logynon is an oral contraceptive, a combined birth control pill that relies on two active ingredients, synthetic, man-made hormones called ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel which mimic the activity of naturally-occurring oestrogen and progesterone. Developed and manufactured in the UK by Bayer pharmaceutical company, Logynon is available in two forms, as a standard 21-pills course and as so-called ED course which contains 28 pills, covering the whole monthly cycle.
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How reliable is Logynon?
As all other branded birth control pills, Logynon is considered to provide protection against unwanted pregnancy in 99% of cases, provided that it is used properly and according to the instructions provided by the prescriber and/or in the official patient information leaflet. As a combined oral contraceptive, Logynon pills are considered to be somewhat more effective than the alternative, namely mini-pills or progesterone-only pills. In order to ensure that the level of protection is high as possible, you should take special care to never miss a pill and to take them in the correct sequence of 21 consecutive days, followed by a 7 days break.
Another thing you should do to ensure the maximum efficiency of Logynon is to avoid (when possible) taking medications and remedies which can impair its function. The substances that you should be aware of include:
- Tuberculosis medications
- HIV or AIDS medications
- St John’s wort
How does Logynon work?
In order to prevent unwanted pregnancy, Logynon will mimic the activity of naturally-occurring sex hormones, interfering with the processes in the female body that make pregnancy possible. The first and probably most important precondition for conception is ovulation, the release of the egg cell from the ovary and its subsequent movement to the fallopian tube where it can get fertilised. Ovulation is directly tied to the activity of progesterone, so Logynon will rely on levonorgestrel in order to trick the body into “believing” that ovulation already took place, so the egg cell will not get released.
On the other hand, oestrogen plays an important role in enabling the egg to implant in the uterine wall. So, the other active ingredient of this contraceptive pill, ethinylestradiol, will change the consistency of the uterine wall, making it much difficult for the egg to actually implant. At the same time, this synthetic hormone will increase the thickness of cervical fluids, making it much harder for sperm to reach the egg cell even if it gets released.
In total, all of these mechanisms of action act in tandem to make conception 99% less likely to occur. However, in practice, synthetic progesterone alone will be effective enough to prevent ovulation at the first place, thus making secondary lines of defence de facto unnecessary.
Can I buy Logynon online in the UK?
Yes, it is possible to buy Logynon birth control pills online. However, you should keep in mind that in the UK, contraceptive pills are prescription-only medications. As such, they can be obtained only with a valid prescription issued by a certified medical professional. However, this is no obstacle to buying Logynon online. Thanks to numerous online clinics legally operating in the UK, you can easily consult with a doctor without leaving the comfort of your home.
After choosing the online clinic of your choice, you can use the functionality of the website to contact the doctor. Most commonly, you will be presented with a detailed and customised medical questionnaire that you will be asked to fill in before the doctor will agree to prescribe you Logynon contraceptive pills. If everything checks out, the prescription will be issued and used that very same moment to have the birth control pills delivered from the partner pharmacy to your address.
How to take Logynon?
In order to ensure maximum protection when using Logynon, you should always precisely follow the instructions provided by your prescriber. In addition to that, you should make sure that you are acting in line with the guidelines that you will find in the official patient information leaflet issued within every pack of Logynon.
Below, we will provide you with some of the most important guidelines that you should keep in mind. However, you must keep in mind that the list below doesn’t even come close to covering all the essential information – it is here simply for illustrative purposes, and for illustrative purposes alone! The idea is to help our readers get a better understanding of what using Logynon might involve. The text below cannot be used as a substitute for the official information or the doctor’s advice which are still the only way to ensure conception prevention.
- Always use exactly as instructed and in line with the official information
- Each Logynon strip of pills contains 21 tablets and is marked with arrows and labels with days of the week that should help you keep track of your treatment
- You should always mark the day when you started treatment by piercing the provided disc in order to avoid subsequent confusion
- Follow the arrows on the pack while taking one pill daily
- Take Logynon at the same time each day
- Always take the tablets whole, without chewing or breaking them
- After you have completed the first three weeks of treatment, you will either take no pills at all (in case of standard Logynon) or will begin taking inactive pills (in case of Logynon ED)
- After the seven days with either the inactive pills or without pills, you should repeat the process for the next cycle
What are Logynon side effects?
While not everybody using Logynon will necessarily experience side effects, it is still highly advisable to get familiar with them prior to commencing treatment so that you can act accordingly if they do manifest. It is especially important to be able to differentiate between the side effects which might be unpleasant, but certainly not truly dangerous and those which might actually require you to stop taking Logynon and seek immediate medical advice. The latter include any signs and symptoms that might be indicative of:
- Allergic reaction
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Blood clot
- Heart attack
Other documented side effects include:
|Frequency of occurrence||Side effects|
|Common (1 in 10 women)||Stomach pain, nausea, breast pain or tenderness, headaches, mood swings, weight gain|
|Uncommon (1 in 100 women)||Fluid retention, upset stomach, vomiting, migraine, loss of libido, skin irritation, changes in breast size|
|Rare (1 in 1000 women)||Dryness in the eyes, vaginal discharge, breast discharge, weight loss, increased libido|
Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list of all documented side effects. For a more comprehensive guide, please refer to the official patient information leaflet that you can find within your pack of Logynon. If you experience some of the more serious side effects, it is highly likely that other medication with at least one same active ingredient (like Marvelon for example) might also be unsuitable for you.