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Feanolla

Feanolla is a progesterone-only contraceptive pill which, if taken correctly, will prevent pregnancy. Feanolla is sometimes referred to as the 'mini-pill'. The fact that it does not contain oestrogen means that it is an ideal pill for women who are breastfeeding or who are unable to tolerate oestrogen-based contraceptive pills.

What is Feanolla?

Feanolla is a progesterone-only contraceptive pill which, if taken correctly, will prevent pregnancy. Feanolla is sometimes referred to as the 'mini-pill'. The fact that it does not contain oestrogen means that it is an ideal pill for women who are breastfeeding or who are unable to tolerate oestrogen-based contraceptive pills.

How does Feanolla work?

The Feanolla mini-pill prevents pregnancy by thickening the mucus present in the cervix to prevent sperm from fertilising an ova or egg. In most women, Feanolla also stops ovulation, the monthly process of releasing an egg.

How to take Feanolla?

Always follow the exact instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist. One packet has 28 Feanolla pills, each containing 75 micrograms of desogestrel. One Feanolla pill must be taken at the same time each day, so that each pill is taken as close to 24 hours apart as possible. Swallow each Feanolla pill whole with water, with or without food. You should take the first tablet on the first day of your period. You can start taking it on days 2-5 of your cycle, but an additional barrier method of contraception should be used for the first week. If switching from another type of contraceptive pill, you should ideally start Feanolla on the day after your last active tablet.

What should you do if you miss a Feanolla tablet?

If more than 36 hours elapse between taking a tablet, the level of contraceptive protection will be reduced and you will be at greater risk of pregnancy. Take the missed tablet as soon as you remember and the next tablet at the scheduled time. Use an additional form of contraception for the following week.

Warning: If you vomit or have diarrhoea, you should follow the advice for a missed pill.

Overdose: There have been no reported serious symptoms resulting from overdose. An overdose of Feanolla may cause nausea, vomiting and increased menstrual bleeding.

What are the side effects of Feanolla?

As with all medications, the Feanolla contraceptive pill is associated with certain side effects, although of course this does not mean that they are experienced by all women.

One of the most common side effects of the Feanolla contraceptive pill is irregular bleeding, which is reported by nearly half of women using it. However, this usually decreases after using the pill for several months.

Other side effects of the Feanolla pill include:

  • Headache;
  • Nausea;
  • Altered moods;
  • Sore breasts;
  • Weight gain;
  • Irregular menstruation.

If you experience any of the signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, a rash or swelling in the mouth or throat area, seek urgent medical advice.

The risk of breast cancer slightly increases as a consequence of using any hormone-based contraceptive. The benefits of the Feanolla contraceptive pill and the possible risks of breast cancer based on your personal circumstances should be assessed by your doctor before the pill is prescribed.

If any side effects of the Feanolla contraceptive pill cause you to suffer, seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.

When is it not advisable to take Feanolla?

Seek advice from your doctor if you have ever had breast cancer, liver cancer, thrombosis, epilepsy, tuberculosis, diabetes, high blood pressure or chloasma. The tablets contain lactose and traces of peanuts and soybean oil, so are unsuitable if you are allergic to any of these excipients.

Pregnancy / breastfeeding / driving

Stop taking the Feanolla contraceptive pill if you think you may be pregnant. You can take Feanolla when breastfeeding, although it is advisable to consult your doctor first.

There are no contraindications against driving or using heavy machinery.

You should attend regular medical check-ups with your doctor when taking the Feanolla contraceptive pill.

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