The Mercilon contraceptive pill contains the progestogen desogestrel, and the oestrogen ethinylestradiol. It works in two ways to stop you from becoming pregnant.
Firstly, Mercilon thickens the cervical mucus, making it difficult for any sperm to penetrate it and swim through to the womb. Secondly, the Mercilon pill helps to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovaries), so even if any sperm were to enter the womb, there wouldn’t be ab egg available for it to fertilise.
By working in two ways to prevent pregnancy, combined pills are one of the most reliable methods of reversible contraception. However, it must be taken as directed for it to work. Missing any pills could put you at risk of becoming pregnant, so it’s important to take Mercilon and any other contraceptive pills at the same time each day to help you to get into a routine.
Unfortunately, there are some females that might not be able to take Mercilon and other forms of hormonal contraception. This is because certain underlying health conditions might mean that taking Mercilon could be dangerous for you. Because of this, you should tell your GP if you have any of the following health conditions or problems before you buy Mercilon:
- History of any type of blood clot
- Any blood clotting disorder
- Immobile or due to have an operation
- History of heart attack
- History of stroke
- History of transient ischaemic attack
- History of angina
- Severe diabetes with damage to blood vessels
- Very high blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Migraine with aura
- Severe liver disease
- History of liver tumour
- History of a hormone-sensitive cancer (breast, cervical, womb, ovarian)
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Allergic to any of the medicines or ingredients in Mercilon
Taking the Mercilon pill or any other form of combined hormonal contraception can increase your risk of blood clots and certain cancers, so you should always disclose a full medical history to your own GP so that they can decide if Mercilon is right for you, or if there is a more suitable alternative available.
Do you need a prescription for Mercilon?
Yes, you need a prescription from a GMC/EU certified doctor in order to buy Mercilon online. With Doctor-4-U’s easy consultation process, you can get a prescription for Mercilon safely and quickly. Select the item you want to buy, click “Start Consultation” and fill out the short medical questionnaire provided. If you are deemed suitable for your prescription, it will usually be dispatched within 24 hours. If not, you will receive a full refund.
What is the difference between Marvelon and Mercilon?
Chemically, these two types of oral contraceptive are very similar, as they are combined pills with the same hormones and are both 21 day pills. However Mercilon contains proportionally less of the oestrogen hormone, which may reduce some of the side effects in some women.
Mercilon side effects
Mercilon is a prescription medication, and due to the fact that it contains two hormones, it can cause side effects in many patients that take it. Most that take Mercilon find that any side effects are easy to deal with, and a majority of them subside after the first 3 months of taking hormonal contraception. However, if you find that the side effects are making you feel ill, and that they outweigh the benefits of the Mercilon pill, you should tell your GP, as you may be able to switch to a different type of contraception which may cause fewer side effects.
Listed below are the common and uncommon side effects that are mentioned in the patient information leaflet:
Swelling/Tenderness of the breasts
Depression or mood changes
More side effects, including those that are rare, can be found in the patient information leaflet that comes with your order when you buy Mercilon. You should read this thoroughly before you take any of the tablets. If you’re already taking Mercilon and haven’t read the patient information leaflet, you should still do this as it equips you with all of the information you need about the medication.
You may be more at risk of experiencing side effects from Mercilon if you take any medications that are known to interact with it. These include:
St John’s Wort
If you do take any of these medicines, you should tell your GP before you take any of your Mercilon pills. Some of these medicines may increase your risk of certain side effects, whilst others can mean that the pill isn’t as effective as it should be.
Mercilon, like other forms of hormonal contraception, can slightly increase your risk of blood clots. This risk is highest within the first year of you starting any kind of hormonal contraception, and also if you start taking hormonal birth control again after a break of 4 weeks or more. The risk tends to drop after 12 months, but is still slightly higher than in females who don’t take any form of hormonal contraception. Because of this, it’s important that you stay aware of any symptoms of a potential blood clot, as they’re classed as medical emergencies and should be looked at by a doctor as soon as possible.
There are several different types of blood clot, and the symptoms for each can vary.
Symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) usually include:
- Swelling in one leg
- Pain or tenderness in the affected leg that’s usually felt when standing or walking
- Warmth in the affected leg. This can usually be felt when touching the affected area
- A change in the skin colour of your affected leg
A DVT can happen within any deep vein in the body, but is overwhelmingly most common in one of the legs.
Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include:
- Sudden and unexplained breathlessness or fast breathing
- Sudden and unexplained cough (you may bring up blood with it)
- A sharp pain in your chest that worsens when you breathe in
- Severe light-headedness or dizziness
- A rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Severe abdominal pain
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the blood vessels in your lungs. If it isn’t treated quickly, it can be fatal. By knowing the symptoms to be aware of, you’re much more likely to detect a blood clot early and have a better chance of recovery.
Symptoms of a retinal vein thrombosis include:
- Sudden loss of vision
- Sudden and progressive blurred vision
You should also stay aware of symptoms of a heart attack and stroke, as these can also be caused by blood clots and can be particularly dangerous.
Your risk of experiencing a blood clot whilst taking hormonal contraception is only slightly elevated, but other factors such as your personal and family medical history can also contribute to how at risk you may be. Factors that might increase your risk include:
- Being over 35
- Being very overweight (a BMI of over 30)
- High blood pressure
- Immediate or family history of a heart attack or stroke under the age of 50
- Personal or family history of high cholesterol
- Migraines, especially with aura
- Heart problems
- Immediate family history of a blood clot under the age of 50
- Being immobile, or due to have an operation
- Recently given birth
You should tell your GP if you have any of these additional risk factors so that they can assess whether Mercilon or other types of hormonal contraception are suitable for you. If your GP agrees to prescribe it to you, you may need additional monitoring.
Mercilon weight gain
One of the most common side effects of Mercilon is weight gain, which can be dangerous for some people. If you’re concerned about gaining weight whilst taking the pill, you should speak to your GP about other options that might be available. Other versions of the pill may be less likely to cause weight gain, or there could be certain things you can do to avoid an increase in weight.
If you don’t already, it might be a good idea to start exercising regularly, or taking a look at your current diet and seeing if there are any healthy changes you could make to help yourself whilst taking the pill.
If you already have a BMI of over 30, your GP may suggest a different type of pill, such as a progesterone only pill.
Mercilon missed pill
For Mercilon to be effective, it should be taken at the same time every day. However, we know that life can sometimes get in the way of routine, and you may forget to take a pill or have no choice but to miss one in some circumstances.
If it’s been less than 12 hours since you were supposed to take your Mercilon pill, you can take it as soon as you remember and still be protected. However, if it has been longer than 12 hours since your dose was due, you’ll need to take additional measures for a while to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. You should take your forgotten pill as soon as you remember, and then finish the rest of the pills in the pack as you would normally take them, even if this means taking two pills for one day.
You should then use condoms or spermicide, or avoid having sex for 7 days, as the pill may not protect you on its own during this time. What you do next will depend on how many pills are left in your current strip.
If there are fewer than 7 pills left in your current strip, you should start the next strip as soon as you finish this one without taking a 7 day break. This means that you will be taking two strips back to back. After this strip, you should take your 7 day break. If you don’t have a withdrawal bleed during this break, you should take a pregnancy test or make an appointment with your GP, as you may be pregnant.
If you have more than 7 pills left in your current strip, you can carry on taking them and have your 7-day break as normal.
If you forget one or more pills in the first week after a 7 day break, you may be at risk of pregnancy.
If you’re at all worried about a missed pill, or have any questions or concerns, you should speak to your GP. They should be able to give you more information and signpost you to local sexual health clinics if you feel as though you need more advice.
Mercilon vs Microgynon
Mercilon and Microgynon are both types of combined hormonal contraceptive pills. However, they aren’t interchangeable due to some subtle differences.
Whilst both Mercilon and Microgynon contain an oestrogen and a progestogen, the type that’s in each pill is different, and one might be more suitable for you than the other.
Mercilon contains desogestrel and ethinylestradiol, as we mentioned earlier. Whilst Microgynon also contains ethinylestradiol as the oestrogen, it contains levonorgestrel as the progestogen. Levonorgestrel is an older type of synthetic progesterone than desogestrel, and your GP may prefer you to take one pill over the other, so you should speak to your own doctor about the differences between both of these contraceptive pills and which one would be most suitable for you.
Gedarel is a good alternative to Mercilon, as it contains the same hormones. Marvelon also contains desogestrel and ethinylestradiol, but contains more of the active oestrogen than Mercilon.
Mercilon is available online through Doctor4U. To access Mercilon online, you should have already been taking it for at least a year before our doctors will be able to prescribe it to you. This is for your own safety, as changing pills or starting hormonal contraception without seeing your GP could put you at risk.
To access Mercilon online, you’ll be asked to complete some consultation questions that are relevant to the medication so that our doctors can make sure that it’s still suitable for you. If they have any doubts, you’ll be signposted back to your own GP to discuss your contraception with them.
You can buy Mercilon from Doctor4U at a cost of £24.99 for a three-month supply. It’s fast, safe and simple to buy Mercilon from Doctor4U, and we guarantee the same level of professionalism and confidentiality that you’d expect from your own GP.
If one of our doctors approves your request to buy Mercilon, they will generate a prescription, which will be sent to our partner pharmacy. Here, your order or Mercilon will be dispensed and shipped directly to your door.
All medication that is offered by Doctor4U adheres to the highest UK standards, and is regulated accordingly. All Mercilon that is bought through us is of the same standard that any other UK pharmacy would dispense.
To make sure that you’re ordering from a safe, legitimate and legal website, you should always check for an icon that says “click to verify if this website is operating legally”. Ours can be found on the footer of every page on our website. This means that we’re regulated according to UK standards, and are licenced to prescribe medicines via the internet.
How is my order shipped to me?
When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.
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