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Qlaira tablets are a type of hormonal contraception commonly known as 'the pill' or combined oral contraceptive pill. Qlaira tablets contain two active ingredients, estradiol valerate and dienogest. These are synthetic versions of the naturally occurring female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. Estradiol is a synthetic version of oestrogen that is metabolised in the body to a form of oestrogen that is naturally found in the body. Dienogest is a synthetic form of progesterone.

Combined oral contraceptives like Qlaira work by over-riding the normal menstrual cycle. In a woman's normal menstrual cycle, levels of the sex hormones change throughout each month. The hormones cause an egg to be released from the ovaries (ovulation) and prepare the lining of the womb for a possible pregnancy. At the end of each cycle, if the egg has not been fertilised the levels of the hormones fall, causing the womb lining to be shed as a monthly period.

The daily dose of hormones taken in the pill work mainly by tricking your body into thinking that ovulation has already happened. This prevents an egg from ripening and being released from the ovaries each month.

Qlaira tablets consist of four types of active tablets, each with a slightly different dose of hormones in it. The two dark yellow tablets contain 3mg estradiol, the five medium red tablets contain 2mg estradiol and 2mg dienogest, the 17 light yellow tablets contain 2mg estradiol and 3mg dienogest, and the two dark red tablets contain 1mg estradiol. There are also two inactive white tablets.

The contraceptive pill results in lighter, less painful and more regular menstrual bleeding. This means it is sometimes prescribed for women who have problems with particularly heavy, painful or irregular periods.

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