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Katya is a combined hormonal contraceptive. It’s highly effective at preventing pregnancy. 

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This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.

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KatyaEthinylestradiol/Gestodene

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CiliqueNorgestimate and ethinyl estradiol

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CimiztEthinylestradiol/Desogestrel

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ElevinEthinylestradiol/Levonorgestrel

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MillinetteEthinylestradiol/Gestodene

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252 Tablets £68.00 Save £36.00
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What is the Katya contraceptive pill?

The Katya pill is a ‘monophasic’ contraceptive, meaning each tablet has the same amount of hormones in it. So you take the same quantity of hormones on each day of your cycle.

Monophasic pills are a bit different to ‘phasic’ combined pills, which involve taking different amounts of hormones on different days of your cycle.

Because each pill contains the same amount of hormones, some women find pills like Katya easier to take.

How does Katya work?

The Katya contraceptive pill, like other combined pills, does three things to give you protection from pregnancy.

The two hormones in it, ethinylestradiol and gestodene, tell the body that ovulation has already taken place, and so the ovaries don’t release an egg.

These hormones also make the mucus in the cervix thicker, which makes it more difficult for sperm to reach and fertilise an egg.

While the mucus in the cervix becomes thicker, the hormones make the lining of the uterus thinner, and this makes it harder for a fertilised egg to latch on to the uterine wall and grow.

How effective is Katya?

If taken correctly, Katya is over 99% effective. So if 100 women take it as instructed over a 12-month period, less than one will get pregnant.

If pills are missed occasionally, or if it’s used in error, the chances of becoming pregnant increase. So to avoid this from happening, you should always follow the instructions in the patient information leaflet that comes with your treatment.

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How to take Katya

Katya comes in strips of 21 pills. You take one a day, every day, at the same time. Do this for 21 days, until you reach the end of the strip.

You can take the pills with or without food, and with water if you need to.

Try to start the Katya pill on the first day of your cycle. This will give you instant protection from pregnancy if you haven’t been using other contraception or you’re switching from another combined pill. If you’re switching from another combined contraceptive pill, start taking Katya the day after the end of your pill-free week for your previous pill.

You can also start taking Katya on days 2–5 of your cycle, but you won’t be protected from pregnancy right away. You’ll need to use additional protection like a condom for the next seven days.

Next to each tablet is printed a day of the week. Simply follow the arrow on the strip and take each pill accordingly. So if you start taking the pill on a Wednesday, take the pill with ‘WED’ beside it.

Once you’ve taken all 21 pills, stop taking any pills for seven days. During this time, you’ll usually get a ‘withdrawal bleed’, or a period.

On the eighth day (the day after your pill-free week), start the new strip, even if your bleeding hasn’t finished. This means you start a new strip on the same day of the week as last time. It should also keep your withdrawal bleed regular.

You can also switch to Katya from an IUS or IUD, or any progesterone-only treatment. Just start taking Katya the day after your last dose of your previous contraception, or when it stops being effective. You’ll still need to use a condom or another barrier method for seven days, or wait to have sex.

If you’ve recently given birth or been pregnant, talk to a clinician first before taking Katya.

What if I miss a Katya pill?

If you’re less than 12 hours late taking a pill, your protection from pregnancy won’t decrease. Just take the pill as soon as you remember. Then keep taking your pills on time.

If you’re more than 12 hours late taking a pill, your protection from pregnancy may be reduced. The more pills you forget to take, the more likely it is that your pregnancy risk is reduced. This risk is greatest either at the beginning of a pill strip or at the end of a pill strip.

If you forget to take more than 1 pill in a strip, let our prescriber know, and they can advise you. It’s best to use a barrier method of contraception until you know you’re protected from pregnancy again.

What if I take more Katya pills than I should?

Taking too much Katya is unlikely to seriously harm you. If you take several pills at once you may feel nauseous or bleed from your vagina.

If you’ve taken too many Katya pills and you’re having worrying symptoms, speak to a clinician.

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FAQ: Katya

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What dosages of the Katya contraceptive pill are available?

Answer:
The Katya pill is only available in a 30/75 dose, so 30mcg of ethinylestradiol (an oestrogen) and 75mcg of gestodene (a progesterone). If you’re sensitive to the effects of oestrogen, there are combined pills with lower doses that may suit you better

Millinette contains less oestrogen than Katya, 20mcg rather than 30mcg. They both contain the same amount of the progestin, so Millinette is considered a low-oestrogen combined pill.

Is the Katya contraception pill a generic or a branded treatment?

Answer:
The Katya pill is a brand of a certain type of pill, but we could say it’s a generic pill. It’s very similar to Femodene.

The Katya contraceptive pill and Femodene both work in the same way, and are equally effective. They also contain the same hormones. But Femodene will look different to the Katya pill, and its packaging will be different.

The branded version, Femodene, is also only available as a 30/75 dose.

But there is a generic combined pill called Millinette, which works in the same way as the Katya pill, that’s available as both a 30/75 dose and a 20/75 dose.

The Katya pill is also slightly cheaper than Femodene.

Can the Katya contraceptive pill help with acne?

Answer:
It may do. Some combined pills do help to regulate hormones that trigger acne in some women but the Katya pill isn’t officially prescribed for this. So you should speak to our clinician about using it for your acne.

Can the Katya contraceptive pill make your periods lighter?

Answer:
Yes. The Katya pill, like other combined pills, tends to make your periods lighter, and also more regular and less painful.

Can I delay my period using the Katya contraceptive pill?

Answer:
You can, but this isn’t how the Katya pill is primarily used. Ask our prescriber before you do it.

To delay your period, instead of taking your 7-day pill-free break once you’ve got to the end of a strip, move straight on to a new strip. You may get some spotting (drops or flecks of blood) or breakthrough bleeding while using this second strip. Then once the normal 7-day pill-free window has ended, carry on with the next strip.

What are the most common side effects of the Katya pill?

Answer:
Headache, nausea, sore breasts, less interest in sex and feeling depressed are some of the most common side effects of the Katya pill.

Most of the time, women who get these side effects find that they’re mild, and pass within a few weeks. But if they last longer, or if you experience any side effects that are more uncomfortable, drop our clinician a message. You just need to log into your Treated account. They may recommend trying an alternative pill.

If you experience any serious side effects, you should go to your nearest hospital as soon as possible. You can find more information about when to see a clinician in the patient information leaflet that comes with your pill.

Can the Katya contraceptive pill cause blood clots?

Answer:
Taking the Katya pill does slightly increase your chances of getting a blood clot (but not by much). Out of 10,000 women taking a combined contraceptive pill that contains gestodene (like the Katya pill), between around 9 and 12 women will develop a blood clot over a 12 month period.

If you experience a throbbing or cramping pain, swelling, redness and warmth in a leg or arm, feel suddenly breathless, or get chest pain and a cough (or are coughing up blood), seek emergency medical help immediately.

What should I do if I forget to take a Katya pill?

Answer:
In week 1, if you forget to take 1 pill, take the pill that you’d forgotten to take as soon as you remember, even if it means having to take two tablets at the same time. Take any tablets that follow as you normally would, and use additional contraception like a condom for the next seven days. If you’ve had sex during the week before you realised you’d forgotten a dose, or if you’ve forgotten to start a new strip following the 7-day pill free break, there is a chance that you could be pregnant. Contact our clinician and they can guide you on your next steps.

If you forget to take one pill in week 2, take the pill you forgot about as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two pills at the same time. Then take any pills that follow at the usual time. Your protection from pregnancy shouldn’t be reduced, and you don’t need to use any extra contraception.

In week 3, if you forget to take a pill, there are two options. The first is taking the forgotten pill as soon as you remember, even if it means having to take two pills at the same time. Take any subsequent pills at the normal time. But instead of taking a 7-day pill free break, start your next strip. There’s a good chance that you’ll experience a withdrawal bleed at the end of the second strip, and you may also get spotting or breakthrough bleeding during the second strip.

The second option is to stop the strip you’re on and start your 7-day pill free break, making a note of the day on which you forgot your pill. If you’d rather start a new strip on the day you started taking the pill, make the pill-free window less than seven days.

Following either of these two options should keep you protected from pregnancy.

If you have forgotten any pills in a strip, and you don’t get any bleeding during the first pill-free window, there’s a possibility that you’re pregnant. Let our clinician know before you move on to your next strip.

Can the pill affect your mood?

Answer:
Some women using the combined pill have reported feeling depressed, as well as experiences of low mood. If your depression or low mood persists, let our prescriber know. They may suggest that you try a different pill.

Is the Katya pill suitable for all women?

Answer:
The Katya pill may not be suitable for women who have certain health conditions, so you should inform our prescriber of any existing illnesses or allergies that you have during your consultation. They may recommend that you try a different pill if the Katya pill isn’t a safe option for you.

If I want to switch from the Katya pill to another pill, what should I do?

Answer:
Our flexible subscription plans allow you to switch from one pill to another at any time.

You just need to log into your account and send a message to our clinician. They can advise you on any alternative pills that might be suitable for you, depending on any symptoms or side effects you may have experienced.

Can I get the Katya pill over the counter?

Answer:
No. The Katya pill is available on prescription only, so you will need to have a consultation with a clinician first to assess if it’s suitable for you.

Why should I buy Katya from Treated?

Answer:
With Treated, you can take a consultation with licensed clinicians, get pill recommendations from them, and get your Katya pill delivered (or whatever pill your prescriber suggests) in a day. You can choose how much medication you want and get repeat deliveries according to the delivery schedule you set up.

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