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What is Ovranette used for?

Ovranette is prescribed as a hormonal contraceptive pill for women. It is also used to treat endometriosis and menstrual disorders.

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How does Ovranette work?

Ovranette tablets are a hormonal contraceptive commonly known as ‘the pill’. Ovranette is a pill that is also sometimes called a combined oral contraceptive. Ovranette contains two active ingredients; these are ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel. Ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel are synthetic (man-made) versions of two hormones, which occur naturally in the body called oestrogen and progesterone.

The daily dose of Ovranette works by fooling a woman’s body into thinking that ovulation has already taken place, which halts the monthly release of an egg by the ovaries.

The high levels of ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel in the body increase the thickness of the mucus at both the neck of the womb and the mucus that covers the lining of womb, which makes it more difficult for a sperm to reach an egg and also more difficult for a fertilised egg to implant itself in the womb’s lining.

If a woman takes Ovranette she will normally have lighter and more regular periods. For this reason Ovranette is sometimes prescribed to women who are having period problems periods, particularly if a woman is suffering with periods that are heavy or painful or are not regular.

How do I take Ovranette?

Ovranette is a ‘monophasic’ pill, which means that every Ovranette pill contains exactly the same of hormones. One Ovranette pill is taken daily for three weeks, after which time you have a seven-day break from pill taking. During this week-long break the levels of ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel in your blood drop. This drop causes a  ‘withdrawal bleed’, which is very similar to a normal period. You begin taking Ovranette again after this seven-day break is over, even if you are still bleeding.

Who cannot take Ovranette?

Ovranette is not suitable for women who are pregnant or who are breast feeding. It is not suitable for women with a history of blood clots or blood disorders. It is not to be prescribed to women with high blood pressure, angina or high cholesterol levels nor to women who smoke more than forty cigarettes a day.

Before prescribing Ovranette, your doctor will examine your medical history and decide whether it is a suitable treatment for you.

Possible side effects of Ovranette

All prescription medications can cause side effects. The possible side effects of Ovranette include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight change
  • Change in menstrual bleeding
  • Fluid retention
  • Enlargement of the breasts
  • Tender breasts
  • Depression
  • Vaginal thrush
  • A rise in blood pressure
  • Skin reactions
  • Brown patches on the skin
  • Disturbance in liver function disturbance
  • Steepening of corneal curvature
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Gallstones
  • Blood clots 
A Free Consultation with our GP is available for this condition
On Diagnosis, treatments are sent direct to you
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