Microgynon 30 Side Effects

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Although many women do not experience any side effects whilst using Microgynon 30, there are a number of side effects that may occur. Usually, you experience these during the first few months of using the pill whilst your body gets used to the new levels of hormones in your body. They usually disappear after a few months. If they don’t however, or if you experience any of the serious side effects, you must contact your doctor.

Common side effects that have been reported whilst using Microgynon 30 include stomach problems such as nausea, headaches, tender breasts, mood swings and weight gain. These side effects will affect between 100 and 1000 women out of 10,000 who use the contraceptive pill. Bleeding and spotting in between periods may also occur. There are less common side effects such as vomiting, rashes, fluid retention and loss of interest in sex. There are also a few rarer side effects that only affect between 1 and 10 people out of 10,000. These include side effects such as losing weight, vaginal discharge or breast discharge or problems with contact lenses.

Serious side effects must be reported to your doctor immediately. They are often signs of other illnesses that could be dangerous so make sure that you seek medical attention when you notice them. Contact your doctor if you have chest pains, difficulty breathing, swelling in your limbs, pain in your limbs, severe headaches, problems with your vision of numbness of parts of your body. If you notice any lumps or changes to your breast, ask your doctor for advice. On the rare occasion, the pill has been linked to cervical cancer and liver disease so look out for painful sex, bloody discharge or severe abdominal pain and jaundice. 

Microgynon 30 risks

There are a couple of risks that have been associated with the contraceptive pill and years of research have gone into working out the links between the pill and these diseases. If you use the contraceptive pill, there is a slight increase in the risk of having breast cancer, cervical cancer and blood clots. There is also a very rare risk of having liver disease.

The longer you use Microgynon 30, the higher the risk of having breast cancer. This disease is rare in women under 40 but the pill has been found to slightly increase the risk of having breast cancer. The older you are when you use the pill, the higher the risk of breast cancer. Also, if you have close relatives that have had the disease or you are extremely overweight, you have an increased risk of having cancer whilst using the pill. The risk of breast cancer will decrease ten years after you have stopped using the pill.

The pill can also increase your risk of blood clots. The hormones in the pill cause the blood to clot more often than usual. If this happens, it can block blood vessels and if these blockages happen near the heart or the brain, you can have a heart attack or a stroke if the blood supply gets cut off to the organ. There is also the possibility of a pulmonary embolism if you have a blood clot in the lower leg that breaks off and travels to the lungs. The risk of blood clots increases if you are using the pill and smoke, have high blood pressure, have heart disease, have blood disorders, have migraines, are seriously overweight or if you are immobile for long periods of time.

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