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Adeel Arshad

Authored on 24 January 2024 by Adeel Arshad,

Reviewed 24 January 2024 by Dr Ruch Karunadasa.


Oral medication

Gedarel is a Monophasic 21 day contraceptive pill it contains two active ingredients; Ethinylestradiol and Desogestrel . It helps to make it harder for the sperm to penetrate the womb and to reduce the chance of a fertilised egg implanting in the womb. It is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy if taken correctly.

Medication effect duration

Gedarel is a prescription only medicine, like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using it.

 Nutrition information for medication

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Who can take Gedarel?

PrivateDoc will prescribe a 3-month supply of Gedarel contraceptive pill to women where Gedarel is suitable. Women qualify for Gedarel if:

  • They have been taking Gedarel for the last year.
  • They have had no problems with Gedarel in the last year.

They have had a face-to-face pill check-up for their contraceptive pill in the last year.

How much does Gedarel cost?

Gedarel medication pack


20mcg/150mcg 30mcg/150mcg

Pack size

How to take Gedarel

Take Gedarel every day for 21 days

  • Gedarel comes in strips of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week.
  • Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week.
  • Take your pill at the same time every day.
  • Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 21 pills
  • You should then have a 7-day break when you will have your period.
  • You should then start your new pack of pills on the 8th day

Note – Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary.

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Treatment Warnings

Do not take Gedarel if you have, or have had:

  • Presence or risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Venous thromboembolism – current VTE (on anticoagulants) or history of (e.g. deep venous thrombosis [DVT] or pulmonary embolism [PE]).
  • A Known hereditary or acquired predisposition for venous thromboembolism, such as APC-resistance, (including Factor V Leiden), antithrombin-III-deficiency, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency.
  • Major surgery with prolonged immobilisation
  • A high risk of venous thromboembolism due to the presence of multiple risk factors.
  • Presence or risk of arterial thromboembolism (ATE)
  • Arterial thromboembolism – current arterial thromboembolism, history of arterial thromboembolism (e.g. myocardial infarction) or prodromal condition (e.g. angina pectoris).
  • Cerebrovascular disease – current stroke, history of stroke or prodromal condition (e.g. transient ischaemic attack, TIA).
  • Known hereditary or acquired predisposition for arterial thromboembolism, such as hyperhomocysteinaemia and antiphospholipid-antibodies (anticardiolipin-antibodies, lupus anticoagulant).
  • History of migraine with focal neurological symptoms.
  • A high risk of arterial thromboembolism due to multiple risk factors, or to the presence of one serious risk factor such as:
  • Diabetes mellitus with vascular symptoms
  • Severe hypertension
  • Severe dyslipoproteinaemia.
  • Pancreatitis or a history thereof if associated with severe hypertriglyceridemia
  • Presence or history of severe hepatic disease as long as liver function values have not returned to normal.
  • Presence or history of liver tumours (benign or malignant).
  • Known or suspected sex steroid-influenced malignancies (e.g. of the genital organs or the breasts)
  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding.
  • Known or suspected pregnancy.
  • Allergy to the active ingredients

Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of medicines that may affect your contraceptive pill.

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