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What are the side effects of the pill femilon?

Answered by: Punita Bhardwaj
Gynaecologist
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
New Delhi

Q. I am a 29 years old mother of 2 and a half year old baby. I've taken femilon contraceptive pills for 18 months and have discontinued now. I have had a natural period after that too. But I keep having vaginal bleeding in a gap of 4 days or so at times it is just spotting sometimes I need to use sanitary napkin too which lasts like a regular period. Is it normal? Can I plan my second child or do I need to talk to my doctor?

A.  Femilon is the brand name of an oral contraceptive pill. It contains two hormones: desogestrel and ethinylestradiol. Some of its side effects are: intermenstrual bleeding, post-medication amenorrhoea, changes in cervical secretions, increase in the size of fibroids, aggravation of endometriosis and certain vaginal infections (e.g. candidiasis). I suggest you consult a good gynaecologist to exclude the possibility of any disorder, whether or not related to the use of Femilon.

A.  Femilon is the brand name of an oral contraceptive pill. It contains two hormones: desogestrel and ethinylestradiol. Some of its side effects are: intermenstrual bleeding, post-medication amenorrhoea, changes in cervical secretions, increase in the size of fibroids, aggravation of endometriosis and certain vaginal infections (e.g. candidiasis). I suggest you consult a good gynaecologist to exclude the possibility of any disorder, whether or not related to the use of Femilon.

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