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Feanolla ®

Feanolla is a mini pill used in contraception. It’s a 28-day pill you take without a break. And it’s pretty good at helping you to not get pregnant.

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Feanolla is a POP. Which is a quicker way of saying… correct: progesterone-only pill (we would also have accepted ‘mini pill’). When you take it right – as in every day at the same time – it’s super-effective at making sure you don’t get pregnant.

Appointments. Mornings off work. Last minute dashes to the GP surgery and the pharmacy. We know. Getting your pill when it’s about to run out can be a little frantic.

But it doesn’t have to be. When you subscribe to your birth control pill with EveAdam, you’ll get regular deliveries to your door. You can choose how often you want to get your pill – whether it’s every 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. And you can pause or change your plan at your own convenience. All you need to do is sign in and press a button. Take a consultation online to get started.

What is the Feanolla pill?

Feanolla is a type of contraceptive called a mini pill. It’s just packing the one hormone (desogestrel), which is a type of progestogen. This makes it different to the combined pill because that contains – you guessed it – two hormones (a progestogen + an oestrogen too).

Not everyone can take combined pills though, because of the oestrogen in them. Example: women who get migraines with aura. This condition can react to oestrogen, and makes the combined pill unsuitable.

Breastfeeding women need to steer clear of pills with oestrogen too, as do women who have a higher risk of getting blood clots.

This is where mini pills like Feanolla come in. They’re a reliable, reversible type of birth control pill. Just without oestrogen.

Feanolla effectiveness: what are the numbers?

The same as the combined pill. So if you take it ‘perfectly’ (every day, same time, no mistakes) over 99%. Which is the same as out of 100 women taking it over a year, less than one getting pregnant.

If you take it ‘typically’ (missing the odd pill, being late taking it, pretty much just being human) it’s slightly less effective: 91%. So in numbers, around 9 in 100 women taking it this way over the course of a year will get pregnant.

How safe are Feanolla tablets?

The mini pill is a safe and reversible form of contraception. All birth control pills go through a thorough programme of testing before they go anywhere near the public.

Because they don’t carry any oestrogen, mini pills are safer in many ways than combined pills (which are already safe to begin with). They have a lower risk of blood clots, and are especially safer for women who are a little more at risk of these.

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What you need to know about Feanolla

Is Feanolla a mini pill?

It is. Feanolla contains one hormone, as opposed to the combined pill, which contains two. Desogestrel is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring hormone progesterone.

Unlike the combined pill, you’ll take it every day without a break. So each strip of pills carries 28 pills (instead of 21). Most of the time on the mini pill, you won’t have a period when you take it.

What other pills contain desogestrel, besides Feanolla?

What else are Feanolla birth control pills used for?

How does Feanolla work?

How to buy Feanolla online

How to take the Feanolla pill

Take one pill every day at the same time. It’s a 28-day pill so you don’t take a break. Start your next strip the day after you finish your previous one.

Each strip comes with the days of the week marked above it. This allows you to keep track of what has been taken.

Bleeding on Feanolla can occur for some women and is often irregular. This tends to be at the start and settles down after a month or two of use. But let your prescriber know if this continues for longer. If you get particularly heavy or prolonged bleeding, you should see a clinician right away.

For more information about how to take Feanolla, read the patient information leaflet that comes with it.

When to start the contraceptive pill Feanolla

What to do about Feanolla missed pills

Does Feanolla stop periods?

Coming off the Feanolla pill to get pregnant

What are the most common Feanolla side effects?

It’s normal to get some mild side effects when you first start using the pill. It can take a few weeks for your body to get used to the hormone change, and normally after this, side effects will pass. But you should seek advice from a prescriber if these persist or become uncomfortable.

You can sign in to your EveAdam to discuss alternatives with our clinician if you think a different pill may be better for you.

Commonly reported side effects on Feanolla include: mood swings; headache; nausea; acne; breast pain; weight gain; and irregular periods.

Feanolla pill and weight gain: is there a link?

When to see a doctor about side effects

What alternatives are there to Feanolla?

There are several different types of mini pill. Feanolla is a desogestrel pill, which is the same as Cerazette, Cerelle and Zeletta.

There’s also Noriday and Norgeston, but the hormones in these are a little different to desogestrel. The missed pill window is also a bit shorter (you’ve got 3 hours instead of 12 on these).

But they may be better for some women who take desogestrel pills and get mild side effects.

What’s the difference between Cerazette and Feanolla?

Non-pill alternatives to Feanolla

Feanolla safety information

Make sure you read the leaflet that comes with your pill before you use it. You can download this below, but you’ll also get a paper copy in your packet.

Feanolla leaflet

Feanolla warnings and contraindications

Tell the prescriber about any existing medical conditions you have during your consultation.

This is particularly important if you have or have had: a history of blood clots, liver problems, cancers that are affected by sex hormones, vaginal bleeding that is unexplained, diabetes, epilepsy, TB, high blood pressure or chloasma.

Read more about medical conditions that can affect how you take the mini pill.

Feanolla and other medicines

References

[1] Weisberg, E and Fraser, I.S. 2015, Contraception and endometriosis: challenges, efficacy, and therapeutic importance. Dove Press. U.S.A. NCBI.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5683134/ [Accessed March 27th 2021].

[2] NHS. Feb 2021. The progestogen-only pill. [online] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/the-pill-progestogen-only/ [Accessed March 27th 2021].

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