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This is my first time on the mercilon pill and i've started the mercilon pill on day 12th of my cycle (as instructed by my doctor) and now have slight bleeding similar to the starting of a period (its the 31th day of the cycle now). ive waited until i've taken the pill for 7 days before i stopped using condoms. Is this an indication that Im pregnant or that the pill did not work? Or is it because ovulation had already started before i started taking the pill and the pill just thickened the cervical lining and hence im now observing the normal ovulation cycle?  

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Hi deedeelee

Here is some information on Mercilon -

Ideally, you should start taking this pill on day one of your menstrual cycle (the first day of your period). This will protect you from pregnancy immediately and you won't need to use any additional methods of contraception. If necessary, you can also start taking it up to day five of your cycle without needing to use additional contraception when you start. However, if you have a short menstrual cycle (with your period coming every 23 days or less), starting as late as the fifth day of your cycle may not provide you with immediate contraceptive protection. You should talk to your doctor or nurse about this and whether you need to use an additional contraceptive method for the first seven days.

You can also start taking this pill at any other time in your cycle if your doctor is reasonably sure that you are not pregnant. However, if you start taking this pill at any other time in your cycle, you won't be protected from pregnancy straight away and you will need to use additional contraception, eg condoms (or not have sex) for the first seven days of pill taking.

Some info on side effects -

More than 1 in 100 people who take Mercilon

  • breast pain or tenderness
  • changes in libido
  • changes in vaginal discharge
  • changes to weight
  • depressed mood
  • discharge from the breast
  • fluid retention
  • headaches– you or your carer must seek immediate medical advice if you have any of these symptoms: an unusually bad headache, if your headaches become worse, double vision or sudden changes to your eyesight, speech problems, aphasia , vertigo, collapse or have a seizure, weakness, sudden numbness on one side of your body, motor problems or stomach pain
  • intolerance to contact lenses
  • irregular vaginal bleeding
  • migraine– seek immediate medical advice if you get a migraine-type headache for the first time or if your migraine headaches become worse
  • nausea
  • raised blood pressure
  • skin problems
  • skin rash or rashes
  • vomiting - if you vomit within three to four hours of taking Mercilon you may need to take extra contraceptive precautions. For more information speak to your prescriber, family planning nurse or read the patient information leaflet that comes with this medicine

I am not sure why your doctor recommended starting on day 12 of your cycle? If you had unprotected sex during this time, you risk a chance of being pregnant. Please have yourself evaluated for a possible pregnancy

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Thanks for responding. Just to clarify, Am i right to say if I took the pills for 7 days (at any time of the cycle), i will be fully protected after the 7th day?

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Hi
Please start these pills on day ONE of your cycle - this is how it is normally prescribed
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