A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.
Sunya pills are a form of contraceptive pill known as the “combined pill”. Sunya tablets and other combined pills contain two active ingredients that mimic naturally occurring female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
What is Sunya?
Sunya pills are a hormonal contraceptive known as the combined pill. There are many kinds of combined pill out there, and each comes with a synthetic version of both the female sex hormone progesterone, and the hormone estrogen. Sunya tablets contain gestodene, which is a synthetic third-generation form of progesterone, as well as ethnylestradiol, which is a synthetic version of estrogen.
Sunya and similar combined contraceptives like it work by adapting the menstrual cycle that the female body normally goes through. In a typical menstrual cycle, levels of the sex hormones can change throughout the course of a month. However, the daily level of hormones that your body is exposed to when taking Sunya will convince your body that you have already had your ovulation period, which means that you won’t release an egg. Additionally, the combined pill can also make the quality of the womb lining less able to hold onto an egg if one ended up being fertilized.
When is Sunya used?
Sunya is often used, like other contraceptive pills, to reduce the risk of an unplanned pregnancy when taken regularly. Sunya cannot protect you against STDs and other issues aside from an unplanned pregnancy, however.
Taking the contraceptive pill can also have other benefits, including a less painful and lighter period, along with more regular menstrual bleeding. Sometimes, Sunya is prescribed for women who have very painful or uncomfortable menstrual periods. It can also help with people who have unpredictable periods too.
How do you use Sunya?
Sunya is a monophasic type of contraceptive pill. This basically means that you take a single tablet every day for a period of 21 days, and each of the tablets that you take will have the same amount of hormones in it. You will have a seven day break from taking the pill with Sunya. In your seven-day break, your hormone levels may drop, which could cause a withdrawal bleed that is similar to a normal period. Your doctor may also advise taking it continually without a break.
Sunya tablets come in a pack that has already been market with the days of the week to help you make sure that you’re taking your pill as you’re supposed to every day. You will need to take a pill every day of the week at the same time for three weeks to be protected against pregnancy. You will also be protected from pregnancy during your week break from taking the pills.
Take your tablet at the same time every day, ideally starting on the first day of your period. This will mean that you’re immediately protected from pregnancy, and you won’t need to use any extra methods of contraception. If required, you will be able to take Sunya up to day five of your cycle without needing extra contraception.
What dosages are there?
As a monophasic pill, the doses of hormones in each pill of Sunya that you have will be the same. You will be given Sunya to take once a day for a period of 21 days, followed by a break which lasts for seven days. If you miss your pill or forget to take it at your scheduled time, you should take it as soon as you remember. If you miss your pill for a period of two or more days, then speak to your doctor as you may not be protected against pregnancy.
It’s worth noting that periods of sickness and diarrhea can mean that the Sunya pill will not work properly. Talk to a medical professional or pharmacist about whether you need to use other forms of protection after sickness. If you are taking Sunya after a miscarriage or another issue with pregnancy, contact your doctor to find out when you should begin taking it.
What are the side effects of Sunya?
All medications, including hormonal contraceptives like Sunya can have an impact on people in different ways. Although Sunya has many benefits to offer, it can also cause certain negative side effects for some people too. The following are some of the most common side effects associated with this medication. Notably, many of these side effects will go away after your body adjusts to the change of hormones in your system:
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Pain in the abdomen;
- Migraine or headache;
- Tenderness or enlargement of breasts;
- Changes in weight or water retention;
- Vaginal thrush;
- Menstrual bleeding changes – lighter periods, or sometimes the stopping of periods altogether. You may also have spotting or breakthrough bleeding;
- Reduced sex drive;
- Rise in blood pressure.
In some very rare circumstances, it is possible to have slightly more severe reactions to Sunya, including the appearance of irregular discoloration or brown patches on the face or other parts of skin. You may also find that you suffer from a condition called corneal curvature, which causes contact lenses less comfortable. Gallstones can occur in people taking Sunya, and there’s a slightly higher chance of blood clots for some people taking this medication.
Blood clot risks are slightly higher for people who already have a risk of clotting, smoke regularly, or are over a certain age. Speak to your consultant about whether you’re a high-risk patient.
Although an allergic reaction to this medication is rare, keep an eye out for any sign of an allergic reaction, including rashes, sudden swelling of the skin, dizziness, or trouble breathing.
When shouldn't you use Sunya?
Many women will respond well to Sunya, but some may find that it is not the right treatment for them. Answering all of the questions asked by your consultant and ensuring that you tell them about your medical history will ensure that you get the treatment that you need. Women who have had blood clots, and women who are just recovering from giving birth may not be able to take Sunya. Additionally, if you have a blood disorder or any other issue in your medical history that increases your risk of blood clots, it may be a good idea to get a different kind of contraceptive.
Sunya may not be suitable for people who are having treatment for varicose veins, or women who have ever had a stroke or heart attack caused by a clot. Women who have irregular heartbeats, angina and other issues with their heart might not be suitable for Sunya.
Your consultant will often not recommend Sunya if you:
- Have moderate to high blood pressure;
- Smoke more than 40 cigarettes per day;
- Have severe diabetes;
- Have ever had two or more risk factors that increase your chances of getting a blood clot in an artery;
- Have migraines that contain an aura;
- Have a history of breast cancer or have ever had breast cancer;
- Have systemic lupus erythematosus;
- Have abnormal bleeding of the vagina;
- Have bile excretion disorders;
- Have a history of or active issues with liver disease;
- Have gallstones;
- Have a history of jaundice.
Make sure that you do not use this medication if you are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients that are used in it. Make sure your consultant knows if you have ever had allergic reactions to other forms of combined contraceptive pills.
Does Sunya interact with any other medications?
Many medications can interact poorly with other substances that you are using in your day-to-day life. It’s important to tell your consultant what medications you are already taking and answer any questions that they may have about your medicines. Remember, your consultant will need to be aware of the medicines that you have been prescribed by a doctor, as well as over-the-counter substances and even herbal substances.
There are some medications that can speed up the way that hormones are broken down by the liver, which could mean that they make your contraceptive pill less effective. These medications include things like bosentan, aprepitant, and carbamazepine. You should speak to a doctor if you are taking Sunya with an antibiotic like rifabutin, as this will stop the pill from working properly.
Some medications will stop Sunya from working properly. For instance, the emergency contraceptive pill that is designed to be taken after unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy can make Sunya less effective. If you use any form of emergency contraceptive when using Sunya, you should consider using an additional form of contraceptive for fourteen days after using the medication. The medicine for fungal conditions, griseofulvin can also make this pill less effective. You will need to use an additional form of contraception during treatment with this pill.
Medications designed for weight loss, such as orlistat or Xenical can sometimes cause periods of sickness and diarrhea. If you take these medications when you are using Sunya and you have diarrhea that lasts longer than 24 hours, you will need to follow the instructions provided by a pharmacist on how to stay protected against pregnancy.
Where can you buy Sunya?
Sunya is available from reputable online depositories following a consultation with a registered consultant from the EU. You will need to complete the consultation truthfully to ensure that this type of contraceptive is correct for your needs. You will also need a recent blood pressure check before ordering.
Can you get Sunya without a prescription?
In the EU and the UK today, it is not possible to get any contraceptive pill, including Sunya without a prescription. A consultation will allow you to determine whether this is the right treatment for your needs. You may need to consider other forms of combined or non-combined pills if you cannot take Sunya.
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