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Leonore is a contraceptive pill containing the active ingredients ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel used to prevent pregnancy in women.
To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment, such as Leonore, Microlite or Cerazette. Our online doctor will review your information and approve an appropriate treatment.
Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.
Leonore is an oral contraceptive pill known as a 'low-dose' pill, or 'micropill'. It is a comobined pill, and contains both oestrogen and progestogen hormones, in the form of ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel. In Leonore, the strength of each hormone is relatively low, which makes this pill particulalry suitable for women who have not been able to tolerate other combined pills.
Leonore is taken daily in three-week cycles, and mainly prevents pregnancy by stopping your body releasing any eggs, so stopping ovulation. However, it also helps to prevent fertilisation of the egg by thickening the mucus at the entrance of the womb, which stops the sperm getting in, and thins the lining of the womb, which helps to prevent implantation of a fertilised egg.
Like most combined contraceptive pills, if taken properly and no tablets are missed, Leonore is thought to be more than 99% effective. Always remember some illnesses such as diarhhoea or vomiting, or inflammatory bowel conditions, may prevent proper absorption of the pill and make it less effective.
Leonore's efficacy can be reduced by certain medicines - including those prescribed by a doctor and herbal medicines. Always tell your Doctor about any medication you take or have taken when discussing a prescription for Leonore.
Many women will be suitable for Leonore, but unfortunately it is not appropriate for all women. If any of the following apply to you, Leonore may not be suitable for you:
This list is not exhaustive and there are lots of other conditions which may affect Leonore's efficacy or be worsened by Leonore, so make sure you are open and honest with your doctor, so they can decide if this medication is safe for you to take.
Each blister pack of Leonore will contain 21 pills. You should take one pill everyday for 21 consecutive days, then have 7 pill free days, so one pack should last for one monthly cycle. After your 7 pill free days, start a new pack as before, and take the pill again for the next 21 days. During your pill free week, you will have what is known as a “withdrawal bleed”, which may differ from your usual periods in heaviness or length. You will still be protected during this week-long period so as long as you have taken your pill as directed, there should be no need to use any additional contraception.
If you start taking Leonore on the first day of your period, you can assume you have contraception straight away. If you start taking the pill on any other day, you will need to be sure you are not pregnant before you start it, and take it for 7 consecutive days before you can rely on it for contraception, so during this time either avoid sex altogether or use a condom.
To be an effective contraception, it’s important that you try to take the pill at the same time each day. If you do forget, as long as you remember and take it within 12 hours of when you should have taken it, you will still have contraceptive cover. Beyond this time, you should take the pill when you remember and consult your patient information leaflet and/or GP for advice. It may be necessary to take an emergency contraception if there is a risk of unprotected sex.
Most women will find it easiest to take their pill in day order, as directed on the pack, although as each tablet contains the same amount of hormones, this is not strictly necessary. It’s not always easy to remember to take a pilL, so you may want to set an alarm on your phone to make sure you take it at the right time, on the right day, wherever you are.
All contraceptive pills can cause side effects, including Leonore. The most common side effects of Leonore include:
These are considered 'common' as they are reported in more than one patient per hundred taking Leonore. It’s worth remembering that If you do experience any of these symptoms, you may find that if you simply persevere with your pill, many of these side effects improve.
More severe side effects are uncommon and include jaundice, severe allergic reactions, blood clots, and a decrease in folic acid levels. Please check your patient leaflet for more examples and contact your doctor immediately if you feel you are experiencing any. Please note, if you believe you have any symptoms of a blood clot, (for example swelling and pain with discolouration of your leg, or sudden difficulty in breathing, a cough with blood stained phlegm and chest pains) or similarly serious condition, call for the emergency services on 999.
If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.
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