Dianette Pills 2mcg/35mcg
£24.99 – £44.99
- Combined Oral Contraceptive That Treats Acne And Excess Hair Growth
- Active Ingredient: Cyproterone Acetate (Anti-Androden/Progesterone) And Ethinylestradol (Oestrogen)
- Over 99% Effective Pregnancy Control Method
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- Includes Free Prescription
Dianette Pills are a combined oral contraceptive that contain ethinylestradol (oestrogen) and cyproterone acetate (an anti-androgen and progesterone). Androgens are hormones that stimulate the production of oil in the skin and body hair. Excess hair growth and acne can be caused by too much androgen in the body, or sensitivity to it, so anti-androgens block this hormone. Dianette is a 21-day pill. Simply take 1 tablet per day for 21 days, around the same time, followed by 7 days when you take no pills, for over 99% effective protection from unwanted pregnancy. Please note that Dianette should only be used short-term to clear symptoms before switching back to another combined pill due to its high risk of blood clots.
The combined oral contraceptive pill is usually just called “the pill”. It contains the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally in their ovaries.
The Combined pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
The usual way to take the pill is to take one every day for 21 days, then stop for seven days, and during this week you have a period-type bleed. You start taking the pill again after seven days.
You need to take the pill at around the same time every day. You could get pregnant if you don’t do this, or if you miss a pill, or vomit or have severe diarrhoea.
Some medicines may make the pill less effective. Check with your doctor if you’re taking any other tablets.
If you have heavy periods or painful periods, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or endometriosis the combined pill may help.
The pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so using a condom as well will help to protect you against STIs.
How the combined pill works
1) prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).
2)thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it is harder for sperm to penetrate the womb and reach an egg
3)thins the lining of the womb, so there is less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb and being able to grow
There are many different brands of pill, made up of three main types:
Monophasic 21-day pills
This is the most common type. Each pill has the same amount of hormone in it. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Microgynon, Marvelon, Yasmin and Cilest are examples of this type of pill.
Phasic 21-day pills
Phasic pills contain two or three sections of different coloured pills in a pack. Each section contains a different amount of hormones. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Phasic pills need to be taken in the right order. Logynon is an example of this type of pill.
Every day (ED) pills
There are 21 active pills and seven inactive (dummy) pills in a pack. The two types of pill look different. One pill is taken each day for 28 days with no break between packets of pills. Every day pills need to be taken in the right order. Microgynon ED is an example of this type of pill.
Follow the instructions that come with your packet. If you have any questions, ask your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
What to do if you miss a pill
If you continue to be sick, keep using another form of contraception until you’ve taken the pill again for seven days without vomiting.
Who can use the combined pill
If there are no medical reasons why you cannot take the pill, and you don’t smoke, you can take the pill until your menopause. However, the pill is not suitable for all women. To find out whether the pill is right for you, talk to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.
You should not take the pill if you:
smoke and are 35 or older
stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older
are very overweight
take certain medicines (ask your GP or a health professional at a contraception clinic about this)
You should also not take the pill if you have (or have had):
thrombosis (a blood clot) in a vein, for example in your leg or lungs
stroke or any other disease that narrows the arteries
anyone in your close family having a blood clot under the age of 45
a heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure
severe migraines, especially with aura (warning symptoms)
disease of the gallbladder or liver
diabetes with complications or diabetes for the past 20 years
Risks of taking the combined pill
There are some risks associated with using the combined contraceptive pill. However, these risks are small and, for most women, the benefits of the pill outweigh the risks.
The oestrogen in the pill may cause your blood to clot more readily. If a blood clot develops, it could cause:
deep vein thrombosis (clot in your leg)
pulmonary embolus (clot in your lung)
The risk of getting a blood clot is very small, but your doctor will check if you have certain risk factors that before prescribing the pill.
The pill can be taken with caution if you have one of the risk factors below. It is unlikely you would be advised to take it if you have two or more risk factors.
being 35 years old or over
being a smoker or having quit smoking in the past year
being very overweight (in women with a BMI of 35 or over, the risks of using the pill usually outweigh the benefits)
having migraines (you should not take the pill if you have severe or regular migraine attacks, especially if you get aura or a warning sign before an attack)
having high blood pressure
having had a blood clot or stroke in the past
having a close relative who had a blood clot when they were younger than 45
being immobile for a long time – for example, in a wheelchair or with a leg in plaster
Research is ongoing into the link between breast cancer and the pill. Research suggests that users of all types of hormonal contraception have a slightly higher chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared with women who do not use them. However, 10 years after you stop taking the pill, your risk of breast cancer goes back to normal.
Research has also suggested a link between the pill and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a rare form of liver cancer. However, the pill does offer some protection against developing womb (endometrial) cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer.
What is Dianette?
Dianette contains Ethinylestradiol ( oestrogen) and Cyproterone acetate ( anti-androgen) is used as contraceptive only in women who have severe acne or excess hair growth.
If you require contraception on a long term basis, an alternative contraceptive is safer and as soon as your skin/excess hair growth has improved you should switch.
It works in three different ways .
1) they prevent the release of an egg from your ovaries.
2) these hormones work to thicken the fluid (mucus) in your cervix (resulting in the sperm experiencing difficulties entering the womb).
3)the lining of your womb is prevented from becoming thick enough for an egg to grow in it.
Dianette is not suitable for all women and so it is important to understand both, the benefits and the risks of this medication before taking it. It is Not advised for women who are over the age of 35 and smokers
the tablet also offers other benefits like:
- Regulating the menstrual cycle if it is irregular
- Provides relief to menstrual symptoms like heavy flow and cramps
- Reduces acne and greasy/oily skin by diminishing outbreaks
- Reduces excessive facial hair growth
Dianette is can be over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken in the correctly, as directed on the patient information leaflet supplied with the medication.
How to Use Dianette
Dianette comes in strips of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week.
- Take your Dianette pill at the same time every day.
- Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week.
- Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 21 pills.
- Swallow each Dianette pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill.
Then have seven pill-free days
After you have taken all 21 pills in the strip, you have seven days when you take no pills.
Within a few days of taking the last pill from the strip, you should have a withdrawal bleed like a period. This bleed may not have finished when it is time to start your next strip of pills.
You don’t need to use extra contraception during these seven pill-free days – as long as you have taken your pills correctly and start the next strip of pills on time.
Like all medicines, Dianette can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If
you get any side effect, particularly if severe and persistent, or have any change to your
health that you think may be due to Dianette, please talk to your doctor.
An increased risk of blood clots in your veins (venous thromboembolism (VTE)) or
blood clots in your arteries (arterial thromboembolism (ATE)) is present for all women
taking combined hormonal contraceptives. For more detailed information on the different
risks from taking combined hormonal contraceptives please see section 2 “What you need
to know before you take Dianette”.
The following is a list of the side effects that have been linked with the use of Dianette:
4.1 Serious side effects – see a doctor straight away
Although, it is not considered a direct side effect of Dianette, some women have reported
feeling depressed whilst taking Dianette. In very rare cases this has been associated with
thoughts of ending their lives. If you develop severe depression, you should stop Dianette
as a precaution, and see your doctor straight away.
Signs of a blood clot:
an unusual sudden cough;
severe pain in the chest which may reach the left arm;
any unusual, severe, or long-lasting headache or worsening of migraine;
partial or complete loss of vision, or double vision;
slurring or speech disability;
sudden changes to your hearing, sense of smell, or taste;
dizziness or fainting;
weakness or numbness in any part of your body;
severe pain in your abdomen;
severe pain or swelling in either of your legs.
Signs of a severe allergic reaction or worsening of hereditary angioedema:
swelling of the hands, face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat. A swollen
tongue/throat may lead to difficulty swallowing and breathing
a red bumpy rash (hives) and itching.
Signs of breast cancer include:
dimpling of the skin
changes in the nipple
any lumps you can see or feel.
Signs of cancer of the cervix include:
vaginal discharge that smells and/or contains blood
unusual vaginal bleeding
Signs of severe liver problems include:
severe pain in your stomach
yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
your whole body starts itching.
For a full list of side effects see Patient information leaflet.