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Qlaira is a 4-phase combined contraceptive pill, so it’s got different amounts of hormones in it that help to keep your cycle steady.

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What is Qlaira?

Qlaira is a combined pill that contains four different amounts of hormones in each strip, with each amount a different colour (in this case, five colours for four quantities of hormones, as two of the pills are placebos). Taking various quantities of hormones across your cycle can help to stabilise your hormone levels.

You take Qlaira for 28 days (so 26 active pills followed by two inactive pills), so it’s an ‘everyday’ pill. You don’t take any pill-free breaks between strips.

How does Qlaira work?

Qlaira prevents you from getting pregnant in three ways.

During ovulation, an egg is released from the ovaries, ready to be fertilised by sperm. But the two hormones in Qlaira stop this from happening, and so protect you from getting pregnant.

The two hormones in the pill also thicken the mucus in the cervix. This makes it harder for sperm to travel through the cervix to reach an egg, meaning you’re much less likely to get pregnant.

The lining of the uterus is also tweaked. It builds up during your cycle, and then breaks down again once you have your period. The combined pill makes the lining thinner, so it’s harder for a fertilised egg to attach itself to it, and grow. This can make your periods lighter too, and less painful (so Qlaira is a good choice if you get any heavy menstrual bleeding).

What doses of hormones do Qlaira pills contain?

Each strip is made up of 2 pills which are dark yellow and contain 3mg estradiol valerate, 5 pills which are medium red and contain 2mg estradiol valerate and 2mg dienogest, 17 pills which are light yellow and contain 2mg estradiol valerate and 3mg dienogest, and 2 pills which are dark red and contain 1mg estradiol valerate.

The two white pills are inactive and don’t contain any active ingredients.

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How to take Qlaira

You’ll get immediate protection from pregnancy if you start taking Qlaira on the first day of your period.

Take one pill every day for 26 days, at the same time each day, and then take the two inactive white pills on days 27 and 28 of your cycle. You can take the pills with or without food, and with water if you’d prefer.

To make it easier for you to stay on top of which pills to take and when, there are seven weekday sticker strips marked with the seven days of the week. Select the weekday sticker strip according to the day you start taking your first pill. So if you start your strip on a Wednesday, use the weekday sticker strip that starts with ‘WED’.

Stick the weekday sticker strip along the top of the Qlaira wallet where it says, ‘Place weekday sticker strip here’, so that the first day is above the pill marked ‘1’. You should follow the direction of the arrow on the strip until you’ve taken all 28 pills.

You tend to get a withdrawal bleed when you are taking the second dark red pill or the white pills, and you may still be bleeding by the time you’re ready to start a new strip, or even having already started your next strip. This is normal and nothing to worry about. You should start a new strip immediately after the previous one, without leaving any gaps. If you follow this routine, you are protected from pregnancy even when you take the two inactive pills at the end of a strip.

If I miss a pill, what should I do?

If you miss more than one coloured pill, or if you don’t start a new strip immediately after the previous one, you should let us know straight away.

If you’ve missed one pill and are more than 12 hours late in taking it on days one to nine of your cycle, what you do next depends on whether you’ve had sex during the week before forgetting to take your pill. If you have had sex during the week before, you should get in touch with a doctor immediately. If you haven’t had sex during the week before, take the missed pill and take any pills that follow as usual, even if it means taking two pills on the same day. You should also use additional contraception, such as a condom, for the next nine days.

If you miss one pill and are more than 12 hours late in taking it on days 10-17 of your cycle, take the missed pill as soon as you remember and any further pills as you would normally, which may mean taking two pills in one day. Use a barrier method such as a condom for the following 9 days.

If you miss one pill and are over 12 hours late in taking it on days 18-24 of your cycle, don’t take the missed pill. Start a new strip immediately and use extra contraception, like a condom, for the next nine days.

If you miss one pill and are more than 12 hours late on days 25-26 of your cycle, take the pill you missed and any subsequent pills as normal, even if it means taking two on the same day. You don’t need to use any further contraception.

If you miss one pill and are over 12 hours late in taking it on days 27-28 of your cycle, skip the pill you have missed and take any pills that follow as you would usually. No additional contraception is required.

How effective is Qlaira?

Very very. So long as you take it as you should.

If you take it at the same time each day, and don’t miss any pills, it’s over 99% effective. So if 100 women take it this way over 12 months, only one will fall pregnant.

But if you miss pills from time to time (it’s easy to do) or if you don’t take it as instructed, your risk of pregnancy increases slightly. Its effectiveness drops to about 91%. So around nine women in every 100 will get pregnant every year.

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FAQ: Qlaira

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Do I need a prescription for Qlaira?

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Yes. It’s not a pill that you can buy over the counter, so you’ll need to have a consultation with a clinician in the first instance. Qlaira isn’t safe for all women to use, so it’s important that a doctor or pharmacist checks it’s safe and suitable for you.

We can give you a prescription for Qlaira if it’s suitable for you, and you think it’s the best option. Talk to us to get advice on whether Qlaira could be right for you

Can I delay my period with Qlaira?

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You can usually delay your period by taking packs of pills back to back. But because Qlaira contains different quantities of hormones for different phases of your cycle, you need to take the pills in the correct order. So it’s best to speak to our clinician before using Qlaira for this reason.

Can Qlaira treat acne?

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Sometimes the combined pill can be effective at tackling acne. But acne can also be a side effect of the pill, so it may vary from woman to woman.

It should be noted though that Qlaira isn’t prescribed for acne in the first instance, so if you’re looking to use it for this, you should speak to our clinician about it during your consultation.

Can Qlaira cause weight gain?

Answer:
There’s no evidence to say that it does. You may notice that your weight goes up and down a bit during your cycle because your body retains more fluid. But any weight gain is only small, and it’s usually only temporary.

Qlaira vs Yasmin: what’s the difference?

Answer:
Yasmin is a 21-day pill, so you take it for 21 days and then have a seven-day, pill-free break. It’s a little different to Qlaira then, which is a 28-day pill that you take every day, without a pill-free window.

It’s also made up of different hormones. Yasmin contains ethinylestradiol, a type of oestrogen, and drospirenone, a type of progesterone, in it, whereas Qlaira contains estradiol and dienogest. Unlike Qlaira, which is a 4-phase pill made up of different quantities of hormones, Yasmin only contains one dose (a 1-phase pill).

Both pills are made by Bayer though, so they’re both branded products that you’ll see the same company label on.

Why should I buy Qlaira with Treated?

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There’s a lot of birth control out there, but at Treated, we can advise you on the best options for you.

Tell us about your health during your consultation, and we’ll show you contraception that’s safe and appropriate for you to use. And from there, you can choose which pill you’d like to go for. All that’s left to do is set up your delivery schedule and how much of your treatment you want to receive each time. We’ll ship it to you from our licensed pharmacy. You can change, pause or cancel your subscription anytime.

If you have any questions about your birth control, our clinicians are always on hand to help. You just need to log into your account and drop them a message. They’ll regularly reach out to you to find out how you’re doing with your contraception, and if you’d like to make any changes to your treatment.
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