Norgeston is a progesterone only contraceptive pill. Choose Norgeston as an alternative to combined pills that contain oestrogen.

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How does Norgeston work?

Norgeston contains levonorgestrel, which is similar to the progesterone hormone your body naturally produces. Norgeston works to prevent pregnancy by:

  • making your cervix mucus thicker, which stops sperm from entering the womb
  • stopping the lining of your womb from thickening so an egg cannot grow in it

In some women Norgeston can prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg each month during ovulation.

Norgeston does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) or HIV.

How to take Norgeston

When do I start taking Norgeston?

You can start taking Norgeston on the first day of your period, which is also the first day of your menstrual cycle. You will be protected straight away.

If you start Norgeston after the fifth day of your period you need to take Norgeston once a day for 2 days (48 hours) to be protected. Use condoms during these 2 days to prevent pregnancy.

You take one Norgeston pill at the same time each day without a break. If you are more than 3 hours late taking Norgeston, you will not be protected from pregnancy.

Each Norgeston blister strip contains 35 pills. The strip has the days of the week printed on it. Take Norgeston as follows:

  • Start with your first pill on the correct day of the week
  • Take 1 pill a day and follow the direction of the arrows on the blister strip
  • When you finish one pack of 35 pills, you then start a new pack the next day

You can take Norgeston pills with or without food. Swallow each pill whole with water.

What do I do if I forget to take Norgeston?

If you forget to take Norgeston, here is what you can do:

  • If you’re less than 3 hours late taking your pill, take it straight away. You should still be protected from pregnancy.
  • If you are more than 3 hours late taking your pill, take it as soon as you remember. You should take your next pill at the usual time even if it means taking 2 pills in the same day. Your contraceptive protection will be reduced, so use condoms for the next 2 days (48 hours).
  • If you have unprotected sex in the 48 hours after missing a pill you may need emergency contraception to avoid becoming pregnant. Speak to your doctor, pharmacist or family planning clinic for more advice.

What do I do if I take Norgeston twice?

Taking more than 1 Norgeston pill is unlikely to cause you any harm. You might feel sick or vomit. You could also have some vaginal bleeding.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you take too much Norgeston.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women take Norgeston?

You should not take Norgeston if you are pregnant. You can do a pregnancy test if you think you might be pregnant. Stop taking Norgeston if the test is positive and get in touch with your doctor.

Norgeston can be used safely if you are breastfeeding and can be started any time after giving birth.

What should I watch out for if I want to stop taking Norgeston?

When you stop taking Norgeston you may have some withdrawal bleeding. If you don’t want to get pregnant, you should use another method of contraception such as condoms.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Crystal Wyllie Online Doctor

Crystal qualified in Medicine at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2010. She then trained as a GP in London hospitals and practices. She has a particular interest in reproductive, sexual, and women’s health.

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Article created: 28 Sep 2021

Last reviewed: 28 Sep 2021

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