Millinette 20/75
  • Millinette 30/75
  • Millinette 20/75


Medication features

  • Combined pill
  • Millinette 20/75 & Millinette 30/75 available
  • Ethinylestradiol & Gestodene hormonal contraceptive
  • Over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken correctly


Buy The Millinette Pill Online

Order Millinette pills online from our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service. Complete a short eligibility assessment and if appropriate, our doctor will issue you with a free script. The medicine is then dispensed by our UK pharmacy team who send the medicine to you via the Royal Mail service.

What is Millinette?

Millinette is a combined contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. It uses a synthetic version of two naturally occurring female hormones, oestrogen (ethinylestradiol) and progesterone (gestodene). Together these provide effective and reversible protection from pregnancy.

Millinette is available in two clinically effective strengths, a low dose of 20/75 and a standard dose of 30/75. Depending on how you respond, your doctor will work with you to decide which strength is most suitable for you.

How does Millinette work?

The hormonal active ingredients work in three ways to prevent pregnancy. They can prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation). They thicken the mucus around the cervix, making it difficult for sperm to reach the area needed to fertilise an egg. And lastly, they also change the lining of the womb to prevent an egg from implanting on the womb wall.

How effective is the Millinette pill?

The three ways in which combined pills like Millinette work result in them being over 99% effective if taken correctly. This means that over 12 months less than 1 in 100 women using the medicine fell pregnant. 

A number of factors can result in the effectiveness dropping to 91%. These can include vomiting or diarrhoea, taking other medicines which reduce the effectiveness of the pill and not taking the pill correctly (missing pills). The patient information leaflet and our missed pill information will explain what to do in these situations to keep your protection from pregnancy.

How to take Millinette

Take one pill at the same time each day following the days in the order shown on the packaging until you finish all 21 pills. Then take a 7-day break in pills. During this 7 day break, you will have a withdrawal bleed, similar to your period. This will usually start 2-3 days after your last pill. 

After 7 days since your last pill, begin your new pack, even if your withdrawal bleed has not finished.

When to start taking Millinette

How you start taking Millinentte will differ depending on where you are in the menstrual cycle. It is best to start a new pack on the first day of your period as this will give protection from pregnancy right away. If you start in the middle of your cycle you must use an additional method of contraception such as condoms for seven days before being protected by the pill. If you are changing from another pill speak to your doctor or pharmacist for the best way to switch.

Missed pills

If you forget to take your pill and it has been less than 12 hours past your usual time taking it, take it as soon as you remember and continue to take your next pill at the usual time. You will still be protected from pregnancy if you do this.

If you forget to take your pill and it has been more than 12 hours past your usual time taking it, take it as soon as you remember and continue to take your next pill at the usual time. You may NOT be protected from pregnancy and should use additional contraception for at least 7 days.

If you vomit or have diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking the pill, there is a chance that it may not have been absorbed properly. It is important that you follow the instructions for a missed pill if this happens.

If you believe your contraceptive protection lapsed at the time or shortly after sexual activity, you may wish to consider emergency contraception (the morning after pill).

Millinette Summary


Take ONE tablet at the same time each for 21 days then take a 7-day break in tablets before resuming daily tablets

Type of medicine

Combined Pill (Contraceptive Pill)


Prevents ovulation, changes womb lining and thickens cervical mucus together preventing pregnancy

Active Ingredient

Ethinylestradiol & Gestodene


From £14.99 for 3 months supply

Side Effects

Can include headaches, mood changes, libido changes, changes in periods

Millinette alternatives

There are many types of contraception available today. Each may be more suitable for one person than another. It is important that you speak to a family planning clinic or doctor regarding which contraceptive method may be best for you and your health.

The alternative contraceptive methods are:

Do not switch pills or contraception without first consulting your doctor as there are risks and benefits to each that must be considered on an individual basis.

Millinette pill side effects

Like all medicines, there is the chance of side effects, although not everyone will experience them. Some may be more common than others. If you experience any serious side effects you should seek medical advice from your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible.

Some common side effects are:

  • Headaches
  • Irregular bleeding and spotting between periods
  • Mood swings and altered mood
  • Weight gain or fluctuations in weight due to fluid retention
  • Breast tenderness or swelling

Some uncommon side effects are:

  • Migraine
  • Fluid retention
  • Change in interest in sex
  • Changes in hair growth
  • Increased blood pressure

For a full list of possible side effects please read the patient information leaflet.


Tyson Wilkman, Clinical Pharmacist


Tyson Wilkman

RoleClinical Pharmacist
Qual.Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
AboutTyson started with Simple Online Pharmacy in 2021. He's responsible for helping review and author accurate site content. He works with our GPs to make sure all aspects of the medicines are covered.


What type of pill is Millinette?

Millinette is a combined oral contraceptive pill. This means it contains a combination of active hormonal ingredients that prevent pregnancy.

Is Millinette safe to use while breastfeeding?

Combined pills like Millinette are not recommended while breastfeeding. There are suitable alternative contraceptive pills which are suitable. Discuss these with your doctor for further advice.

Can I buy Millinette online?

Provided you use a UK registered online health service, you can request to buy your Millinette online after an eligibility assessment. This is reviewed by a UK doctor who can prescribe the medicine for you before it is dispensed and sent to you.

Can I use Millinette to stop my period?

Yes, by skipping the 7 day break in tablets you can prevent your breakthrough bleed and remain protected from pregnancy. You should not do this too regularly and you should discuss this with your GP to ensure you are suitable to do so.

What is the difference between Millinette 20/75 and Millinette 30/75?

The low dose 20/75 version contains slightly less (10 micrograms per pill) oestrogen. This helps women who experience side effects on the standard dose an alternative option that may be suitable for them. Suitablitiy must be discussed with a doctor.


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medicines, it is important that you read the patient information leaflet. It contains the full details listed about the medicine from the manufacturer.


Millinette Warnings & Precautions

Combined pills can slightly increase the risk of blood clots forming. These can block blood vessels and cause serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes. While this risk is low 0.09%-0.12% over one year, you should be aware of the symptoms of a blood clot.

These symptoms include:

  • Swelling of one leg or foot
  • Unexplained breathlessness or coughing blood
  • Severe chest pain
  • Vision disturbance
  • Sudden weakness on one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Sudden unexplained changes in heart rate

If you experience any of these symptoms you must seek out emergency medical attention immediately. If you have any additional risk factors for blood clots be sure to speak to your doctor before continuing to use a combined pill.

Unfortunately, the Millinette pill may not be suitable for everyone. Do not take the Millinette pill if you:

  • Are allergic to any listed ingredient
  • Experience migraines with aura (increased blood clot risk)
  • Have a history or high risk of blood clots
  • Have varicose veins
  • Have Crohn’s disease or other chronic inflammatory bowel diseases

Other Medicines and the Millinette pill

It is important that you tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking the Millinette pill before they provide you with any other medicines as some may affect Millinette’s effectiveness. This can result in pregnancy. Ensure the doctor is aware of your treatments when they prescribe the Millinette pill.
Treatments for the following conditions may reduce the effectiveness of the pill:

  • Epilepsy
  • Tuberculosis
  • HIV/ Hep C
  • Oral antifungal treatments
  • Herbal antidepressants (St. John’s Wort)
  • Arthritis

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