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What is Maxim?
Maxim is an oral contraceptive that contains the active ingredients dienogest, a progestogen hormone, and ethinyl estradiol, an oestrogen hormone. These two female hormones are closely linked to a woman’s fertility cycle. Maxim stops ovulation and changes the properties of uterine and cervical mucus, making pregnancy virtually impossible.
What is it used for?
Maxim is used to prevent pregnancy. Because this contraceptive pill contains dienogest, a substance that acts against male type hormones called androgens, it is particularly suitable for women with acne, excessive hair growth or greasy skin as these problems are caused by overactive androgens. Birth control pills are also prescribed to regulate irregular menstrual periods and alleviate menstrual symptoms such as excessive bleeding and stomach ache. This is because birth control pills produce a monthly withdrawal bleed that is much lighter than a woman’s usual period.
How to use Maxim
Contraceptive pills are very reliable if you take them as prescribed. Maxim should be taken daily at the same time each day. If you have forgotten to take a pill, do so as soon as you remember. If you take the missed pill up to 12 hours late you are still protected. If more than 12 hours have passed since you forgot to take your pill, you may not be safe. In such case, you should use additional contraceptives such as a condom to avoid getting pregnant. Severe diarrhoea and vomiting can also affect the effectiveness of contraceptive pills because the active ingredients are not absorbed into the bloodstream. If you experience these symptoms right after taking Maxim, additional contraceptives are recommended.
Maxim comes in blister strips marked with the day of the week next to each pill. Each strip contains 21 pills. Take one pill each day for 21 days. This three-week period is followed by seven pill-free days, during which you will get your period. However, this period may be lighter and shorter than usual. After this gap week you start with a new strip.
Maxim generally has few side effects, but in rare cases it has been known to cause:
- Breast tenseness;
- Vaginal yeast infections (candida);
See package leaflet for more side effects, warnings and contraindications.
Do not use Maxim if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
Maxim does not affect your reaction time or impair your ability to drive safely.
There are no known interactions between alcohol or specific foods and Maxim.