Daily Oral Contraceptive Pill Without The Hassle Of The GP

Daily Oral Contraceptive Pill Without The Hassle Of The GP

This article has been written and medically approved by Pharmacist Conor McSorley GPhC Reg No. 2223070

Lovima offers women of childbearing age including adolescents the option to purchase a daily oral contraception over the counter without the need to see a pharmacist.

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Having proved itself as a safe and effective medicine, Lovima 75 microgram tablets (desogestrel) is the first daily oral contraceptive tablet available in store or online without a prescription from Browns Pharmacy. Containing the most prescribed progestogen-only contraceptive tablet, desogestrel, Lovima are shown to be 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when used as directed.

If you are considering contraceptive options, more information about the different types of contraception is available on the Family Planning Association website (https://www.sexwise.org.uk/contraception

Lovima Desogestrel 75microgram Film-coated Tablets

How Lovima works

Lovima contains 75 micrograms of the active ingredient, desogestrel which is 99% effective at preventing unplanned pregnancy by replicating how the female body’s natural sex hormone, progesterone works. Desogestrel both thickens the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus and for most women prevents ovulation all together. 

Lovima is a perfect contraceptive option for women who do not want to or are unable to tolerate contraceptive pills containing oestrogen, known as the combined oral contraceptive pill. Desogestrel gives women more flexibility, when taking the pill, providing effective protection against pregnancy even if taken up to 12 hours late. 

How quickly does it act?

The protection Lovima offers when first started depends on the point in the cycle that it is first taken. When it is started on the first day of your menstrual cycle or taken immediately following a switch from another form of contraception without a break, it will begin working immediately.

For all other circumstances you will require additional protection, such as a condom, for the first 7 days of taking the tablet.

How to use Lovima Tablets

Before you start taking Lovima, please ensure that you have read and understood the directions in the Patient Information Leaflet, which are summarised below. 

Lovima is for oral use only to prevent pregnancy. Repeat supplies of Lovima can be issued by our medical team at The Independent Pharmacy for women over the age of 18 years once a health questionnaire is completed. 

  • Take one Lovima tablet every day at a similar time, with a glass of water if needed, until the packet is empty. 
  • Start each new packet on the top row taking the tablet that correlates with the right day of the week printed on the pack over each tablet and follow the direction of the arrows.
  • When you finish a pack, every 28 days, start a new packet the next day. Do not have a break.

How to start Lovima

If you are not currently or have not used any hormonal contraception in the past month

  • You should wait for your period to begin and take your first Lovima tablet on the first day of your period. 
  • You will not need to use any additional contraception such as a condom to prevent pregnancy. 
  • If you start Lovima anytime after day 1 of your period use barrier contraception for 7 days.

If you are switching from a combined pill, vaginal ring or transdermal patch

  • Take your first Lovima tablet, the day after your last active tablet, or the day your ring or patch is due to be changed.
  • You will not need to use any additional contraception such as a condom to prevent pregnancy. 
  • If you have any break between stopping your previous contraception and starting Lovima you will need additional contraception for the next 7 days. 

If you are changing from any other progestogen-only-pill

  • You can switch on any day and you will not need to use additional barrier contraception.

If you are changing from an injection or implant or hormonal IUS such as the coil

  • Start your first Lovima tablet the day your next injection is due or on the day that your implant or your IUS is removed. You will not need to use additional barrier contraception.

If you are using Lovima after having a baby

  • You can start taking Lovima anytime before your period starts.
  • If you start taking Lovima tablets over 21 days after giving birth you must use additional contraception such as condoms, for the first 7 days.

What to do if you miss a pill

If you are over 12 hours late taking your Lovima tablet, you vomit or have diarrhoea within 3-4 hours, this counts as a “missed pill”

  • You should take the “missed pill” as soon as you remember or as soon as you feel better and then continue to take your pills at the usual time the next day. You may need to take 2 on the same day.
  • You should use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for 7 days as you may not be protected from pregnancy.
  • If you are more than 12 hours late taking your pill and have had sex, you can use emergency contraception to protect you from pregnancy. See the “warnings” section for more important information.

If you are less than 12 hours late taking your Lovima tablet

  • Take the late pill as soon as you remember and take the next tablet at the usual time. 
  • You will still be protected from pregnancy.

If you have any further questions about this product call our Browns Online Professional Pharmacist on 02476 364 586