Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Katya®

Katya

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Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Katya ®

The Katya pill is a combined hormonal contraceptive. It’s very unlikely that you’ll get pregnant if you take it correctly.

With an EveAdam subscription, you can buy the Katya pill online and get next-day delivery from a UK pharmacy.

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The Katya pill is a combined contraceptive pill. It has two hormones in it that work in the same way as progesterone and oestrogen in the body, to stop you from getting pregnant.

At EveAdam, we like to make it easy for you to buy your contraceptive pill online. And fast. Get started with a consultation with one of our registered prescribers. They’ll give you some contraceptive pill options based on your medical profile. After you’ve chosen which pill you’d like, you’ll be able to choose how often you’d like to receive it.

Our clinician will do the prescription, our pharmacy will do the dispensing, and our special courier will do the delivering.

So you’re free to do – well, more of whatever you want.

How does the Katya contraceptive pill 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 (well done if you got your mouth around those first time), tell the body that ovulation has already taken place, and so the ovaries don’t release an egg. The combined pill is a pretty epic trickster that way.

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.

What type of pill is the Katya pill?

It’s a 21-day pill. So you take it every day for 21 days, and then you have a 7-day break from using it.

Once you’ve had 7 pill-free days, you start the next strip of 21 pills, and keep repeating this cycle.

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

The Katya pill is a brand of a certain type of pill, but you could say it’s a generic pill. It’s just like Femodene.

The Katya contraceptive pill and Femodene both work in the same way, and are just as effective as each other. They also contain the same hormones. But Femodene will look different to the Katya pill, and its packaging will not look the same either.

The Katya pill is also slightly cheaper than Femodene.

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What you need to know about the Katya pill

What is the Katya contraceptive pill?

The Katya pill is what’s known as a ‘monophasic’ contraceptive, which is a complicated-sounding word for something dead simple. It just means that 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 ‘monophasic’ contraceptive pills like the Katya pill easier to take.

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How to take Katya contraceptive pills

The Katya pill comes in strips of 21 pills, and you should take 1 a day, at the same time, 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.

Start to take the Katya pill on the first day of your cycle. This will give you instant protection from pregnancy. You can also start on days 2-5 of your cycle, but if you do this, you need to use additional protection, such as a condom, for the next 7 days.

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

Once you’ve taken all 21 pills, stop taking any pills for 7 days. During the course of these 7 pill-free days, you should get a ‘withdrawal bleed’, which typically starts on the second or third day of the pill-free week.

On the 8th day (the day following your pill-free week), start the new strip, even if your bleeding hasn’t finished. Doing this should mean that you start a new strip on the same day of the week, and that the withdrawal bleed should happen at this time.

If you’re switching to the Katya pill from another combined contraceptive pill, start taking the Katya pill the day after the end of your pill-free week for your previous pill.

What if I miss a Katya pill?

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

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.[2] 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 EveAdam 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.

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What dosages of the Katya contraceptive pill are available?

The Katya pill is only available in a 30/75 dose, so 30mcg of ethinylestradiol (an oestrogen) and 75mcg of gestodene (a progesterone). 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 20/75 dose of Millinette contains less oestrogen (20mcg rather than 30mcg), so it may be a more suitable option than the Katya pill for women who have a greater sensitivity to oestrogen, or who are more prone to its side effects.

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

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Katya pill safety information

Before you start taking the Katya pill, you should always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your treatment.

If anything is unclear, just contact our doctor and they should be able to help you.

For more safety information on oral contraception, click here

Can the Katya contraceptive pill interact with other medications?

Like other combined contraceptive pills, the Katya pill can interact with other medications, and some treatments may impact on how effective it is.

If you are currently using, or have recently used, other forms of medication, it’s very important that you let our clinician know during your consultation.

Read more about the combined pill and interactions.

Is the Katya pill suitable for all women?

References

[1] Kost, K, Et al. 2008. Estimates of contraceptive failure from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. PubMed.gov. U.S.A. N.I.H. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18082661/ [Accessed March 29th 2021].

[2] Page Wright, K and Johnson J.V. Evaluation of extended and continuous use of oral contraceptives. Dove Press U.S.A. P.M.C. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2621397/ [Accessed 10th May 2021].