During your menstrual cycle, your hormone levels go up and down. Most other pills only use a single dosage of hormones but Triadene uses three different dosages to match the natural rhythm of your period.
Once you’re already taking Triadene, you can use Zava’s online doctor service to reorder your triadene easily, with no appointments or face-to-face consultations. Click below to start your assessment.
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Triadene common side effects
As with all medication, Triadene can cause side effects.
The most common side effects people get are:
- Feeling sick (nausea).
- Weight change.
- Mood swings.
- Tender breasts.
These affect between 1 and 10 in every 100 users.
There are several advantages to taking Triadene:
- It’s easy to use.
- The Pill is one of the most reliable and reversible methods of contraception, when you use it correctly.
- If you have heavy or painful periods, Triadene can make them lighter, less painful, and more regular.
- Triadene can also help relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- It doesn’t interrupt sex.
- Triadene is a triphasic pill, which lots of people prefer because it’s thought to better mimic your usual monthly periods than monophasic pills.
Triadene is a combined oral contraceptive pill (a CHC), otherwise known as “the Pill”. You take it if you are sexually active and want to avoid getting pregnant.
CHCs like Triadene contain a combination of two types of sex hormone, gestodene and ethinylestradiol, which are man-made versions of oestrogen and progestogen. Together, they stop you getting pregnant in three ways:
- By stopping your ovaries from releasing their monthly egg.
- By thickening the fluid (mucus) of your cervix, so it’s difficult for sperm to travel through towards the womb.
- By stopping the lining of your womb getting thicker, so a fertilised egg can’t grow there.
CHC pills are either monophasic or phasic. Monophasic pills will all contain the same amount and type of hormone, meaning that each pill in your strip or packet will be exactly the same. Phasic pills are a combination of different pills in the same pack, containing different amounts of each hormone.
Triadene is a triphasic form of birth control, which means that you take three different dosages of pill across 21 days. Each set of pill dosages will come in a different colour on the strip, and will contain a different amount of hormones.
It’s important that you take phasic pills in the right order, as directed by the days of the week marked on the pill strip, or they won’t work and you could get pregnant. You should take one pill per day for 21 days in a row, and then 7 days of no pills.
Triadene is a prescription medication, so you can only get it with a signed prescription from a GP or licensed nurse. They will ask you some questions beforehand to assess your medical history, to work out whether the Pill is right for you and safe to use.
Once you have your Triadene prescription, you can pick it up at your local pharmacy or GP surgery. You can also get repeat prescriptions using an online doctors’ service.
There are other types of Pill that contain the same hormone as Triadene (gestodene). These are Millinette and Sunya. They are slightly different from Triadene because of the amount of the hormones in them.
Triadene contains 30 micrograms of gestodene, whereas Sunya comes only in a lower dose version, with 20 micrograms of gestodene. Millinette comes in two dosages: Millinette 20 (containing 20 micrograms of gestodene), and Millinette 30 (containing 30 micrograms of gestodene).
The lower (20mg) and higher (30mg) dosages are both equally effective at preventing pregnancy, when used correctly. However, some women may find that they experience less frequent side effects from using lower dose hormonal contraceptives. Like Triadene, Millinette and Sunya are available from most local pharmacies, and via online doctors’ services.
Other triphasic pills will work in a similar way to Triadene. These include: Binovum and Logynon. Like Triadene, Binovum and Logynon contain two types of hormone, in three different doses, which prevent you from getting pregnant.
Ask your GP for more information about the different types of contraceptive pill available in the UK.
Triadene won’t be right for everyone. Taking the Pill can involve an amount of trial and error before you find one that suits you best.
Some disadvantages of Triadene are that:
- It can affect your mood, so it might not be right for you if you have depression, mood swings, or problems with anxiety.
- It can lead to weight gain, or in rarer cases, weight loss.
- Some people will develop acne, or notice that their skin is worse, when taking it.
- It can lead to a lower desire for sex or a decreased libido.
- You need to be extra careful when taking triphasic pills like Triadene that you aren’t late or that you don’t miss pills, because they are much more sensitive than monophasic pills, and you will be at a greater risk of getting pregnant if you don’t take them correctly.
With all types of contraception, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of taking it. Some types of Pill will work better for some people rather than others.
As with all medication, Triadene can cause side effects.
Some less common side effects (affecting between 1 and 10 in every 1,000 users) are:
- A loss of interest in sex.
- An itchy skin rash.
- Stomach upset.
If you ever experience any severe or particularly unpleasant side effects, you should seek medical attention right away. You may have to stop taking Triadene.
A full list of potential side effects will come in the leaflet with your Triadene pills. If you have any side effects that aren’t listed in this leaflet, you can report them via the Yellow Card Scheme (www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard) to help improve understanding of its effects.
Triadene is only suitable for you if a licensed doctor or nurse has approved it for your use and issued you with a prescription for it. You should not take Triadene if it has not been prescribed directly to you, because it could be unsafe.
Do not take Triadene if:
- You have a history of, or are at risk of a blood clot (like thrombosis).
- You are at risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
- You have very high blood pressure.
- You get ‘migraines with aura'.
- You have a history, or are at risk of breast or liver cancer.
- You are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of its ingredients.
Taking Triadene at the same time as certain other medicines can stop it from working properly. Ask your doctor before taking it if you are currently taking:
- Certain medicines used to treat epilepsy, HIV and Hepatitis C.
- An anti-fungal medicine called griseofulvin.
- Certain antibiotics.
- A herbal remedy called St. John’s Wort.
It may not be suitable for you to take Triadene.
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