Elvinette® contains the same active ingredients as Yasminelle®1
Take ELVINETTE® every day for 21 days
Then have seven pill-free days
Then start your next strip
If you have not used a contraceptive with hormones in the previous month
Changing from a combined hormonal contraceptive, or combined contraceptive vaginal ring or patch
Changing from a progestogen-only-method (progestogen-only pill, injection, implant or a progestogen-releasing intrauterine system (IUS)
The risk of incomplete protection against pregnancy is greatest if you forget a tablet at the beginning or at the end of the strip.
For step by step guidance on what to do if you forget to take your tablets, please click on the button below:
If you vomit or you have severe diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking a tablet, there is a risk that the active substances in the pill will not be fully taken up by your body.
For step by step guidance on what to do if you vomit or have severe diarrhoea, please click on the button below:
I was previously on Yasminelle® and have now been changed to ELVINETTE® - what is the difference?
There is very little difference between these pills as they both contain exactly the same active ingredients in the same quantities, but they are made by different manufacturers and therefore have different names.
ELVINETTE® contains soya oil. If you are allergic to peanuts or soya you should not use this product.
What if I miss a dose of ELVINETTE®?
If you miss a pill, follow the missed pill guidance or review the Patient Information Leaflet contained inside every pack of ELVINETTE®. If you miss more than one pill ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.
What happens if I have a stomach upset?
If you have been sick within 3-4 hours after taking your pill or you have severe diarrhoea, your body may not get its usual dose of hormones from that pill. After vomiting or diarrhoea, take another pill from a reserve strip as soon as possible. If possible take it within 12 hours of when you normally take your pill. If that is not possible or 12 hours or more have passed, you should follow the advice given for missing a pill.
What side effects may I experience?
Like all medicines ELVINETTE® may cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Common side effects include depressive mood, headache, migraine, nausea, breast pain, tenderness, menstrual disorders, bleeding between periods, thick whitish vaginal discharge and vaginal yeast infection. If you get side effects, including any possible side effects not listed above, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Am I likely to develop a blood clot if I take ELVINETTE®?
The use of any combined oral contraceptive pill increases your risk of developing a blood clot compared with women who do not take any contraceptive pill. If you notice any of the signs below, stop taking your pill and contact your doctor immediately.
Are there any medicines I shouldn’t take whilst I am on oral contraceptives?
Some medicines may stop your pill from working properly and mean that you need to take extra contraceptive precautions. These include antibiotics, St John’s Wort and medicines to treat epilepsy, tuberculosis, HIV and fungal infections. Your pill may also stop other medicines from working properly such as ciclosporin, (an immunosuppressant) and lamotrigine (to treat epilepsy). Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you if you are unsure about taking other medicines in combination with ELVINETTE®.
Am I at risk of developing breast cancer?
Breast cancer has been observed slightly more often in women using combined oral contraceptive pills, but it is not known whether this is caused by the treatment. For example, it may be that more tumours are detected in women on combined oral contraceptive pills because they are examined by their doctors more often. The risk of breast cancer gradually reduces after stopping combined oral contraceptives.