Feanolla (Desogestrel 75 microgram) (84 Tablets)
- Combined Oral Contraceptive
- Active Ingredient: Desogestrel
- Over 99% Effective Pregnancy Control Method
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- Includes Free Prescription
Feanolla provides high contraceptive efficacy. In contrast to the combined pill, Feanolla can be used by women who do not tolerate oestrogens and by women who are breastfeeding
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Feanolla Contraceptive Pill
What Feanolla is and what it is used for
Feanolla is used to prevent pregnancy and contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone, the progestogen desogestrel. For this reason Feanolla is called a progestogen-only-pill (POP). Contrary to the combined pill, the POP does not contain an oestrogen hormone next to the progestogen. Most POPs work primarily by preventing the sperm cells from entering the womb but they do not always prevent the egg cell from ripening, which is the primary action of combined pills. Feanolla is different from most POPs in having a dose that in most cases is high enough to prevent the egg cell from ripening. As a result, this pill provides high contraceptive efficacy. In contrast to the combined pill, Feanolla can be used by women who do not tolerate oestrogens and by women who are breastfeeding. A disadvantage is that vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals. You also may not have any bleeding at all.
Before you take Feanolla
Feanolla, like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted disease.
Do not take Feanolla
• if you are allergic to desogestrel, soya, peanut or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
• if you have a thrombosis. Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in a blood vessel (e.g. of the legs (deep venous thrombosis) or the lungs (pulmonary embolism)).
• if you have or have had jaundice (yellowing of the skin) or severe liver disease and your liver function is still not normal.
• if you have or if you are suspected of having a cancer that grows under the influence of sex-steroids, such as certain types of breast cancer.
• if you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding. Tell your doctor before you start to use Feanolla if any of these conditions apply to you. Your doctor may advise you to use a non-hormonal method of birth control. Consult your doctor immediately if any of these conditions appear for the first time while using Feanolla.
How to take Feanolla
Take your tablet each day at about the same time. Swallow the tablet whole, with water. You may have some bleeding during the use of Feanolla, but you must continue to take your tablets as normal. When a pack is empty, you must start with a new pack of Feanolla on the next day – without interruption and without waiting for a bleed.
The days of the week are printed in the blister and also arrows are printed indicating the order to take the pills Each day corresponds with one tablet. Every time you start a new pack of Feanolla, take a tablet from the top row. Don’t start with just any tablet. For example if you start on a Wednesday, you must take the tablet from the top row marked (on the back) with ‘WED’ . Continue to take one tablet every day until the pack is empty, always following the direction indicated by the arrows. By looking at the back of your pack you can easily check if you have already taken a tablet on a particular day.
The active substance is: desogestrel (75 microgram) The other ingredients are: maize starch, povidone K30, d-α-tocopherol, silica, colloidal anhydrous, silica, colloidal hydrated, stearic acid, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide (E 171), lactose monohydrate, soya oil
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.
Like all medicines, Feanolla can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. You should see your doctor immediately if
you experience symptoms of angioedema, such as swollen face, tongue or pharynx; difficulty to swallow; o hives and difficulties to breathe.
Vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals during the use of Feanolla. Thismay be just slight staining which may not
even require a pad, or heavier bleeding,which looks rather like a scanty period andrequires sanitary protection. You may also
not have any bleeding at all. The irregular bleedings are not a sign that the contraceptive protection of Feanolla is decreased. In general, you need not take any action; just continue to take Feanolla. If,however, bleeding is heavy or prolonged you should consult your doctor.
How often are other possible side effects
• Common (may affect up to 1 in 10
women): mood changes, depressed
mood, decreased sexual drive (libido),
headache, nausea, acne, breast pain,
irregular or no menstruation, increased
• Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100
women): infection of the vagina,
difficulties in wearing contact lenses,
vomiting, hair loss, painful
menstruation, ovarian cyst, tiredness.
• Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1000
women): rash, hives, painful blue-red
skin lumps (erythema nodosum). These
are skin conditions.
Apart from these side effects, breast
secretion may occur.