What is Katya?
Katya is a type of oral contraceptive. It contains synthetic versions of female hormones, estrogen and progesterone.
Combined contraceptive pills, like Katya, prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg and thin the lining of the womb, making it 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
What do you need to know before taking Katya?
Katya is a monophasic pill, meaning that each pill contains the same amount of hormones. You should take one pill every day for 21 days, and then you have a seven day break from pill-taking. During this break you will experience a withdrawal bleed similar to your normal period.
If you experience sickness or diarrhoea for more than 24 hours while taking Katya it can mean that your protection against pregnancy is affected.
What are the benefits of using Katya?
Correctly used, Katya is one of the most reliable methods of contraception. It is reversible, meaning that shortly after stopping taking the pill you can conceive.
Using Katya as a contraceptive does not interrupt sex.
The additional benefits are:
- 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
- Lighter, less painful periods
- More regular menstrual bleeding
- It may help with premenstrual symptom
Who can use Katya?
Katya can be used by women who are older than 18 years old, sexually active and who require an effective method to prevent pregnancy.
Katya is not for you if you are:
- Allergic to any of its ingredients. Consider using another form of contraception.
- Breastfeeding (the combined pill should not be taken until your child is weaned or six months after birth)
- A smoker who smokes more than 40 cigarettes a day
- Over 50 years of age
- Experiencing severe hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Have severe diabetes
In what dosages is Katya available?
Each tablet contains 30 mcg of ethinylestradiol and 75mcg of gestodene. Katya comes in three month packs.
How do I take Katya correctly?
Most women choose to take 1 pill daily at the same time for 21 days. Once you finish a strip, take a 7-day break with no pills. During this time you may have a period. Start the next strip 7 days after your last pill. You will always start the next strip on the same day of the week.
Katya can also be taken as follows:
- Extended use: 1 pill a day for 9 weeks then no pills for the next 4 or 7 days.
- Continuous use: 1 pill a day every day with no break.
What happens if I forget to take Katya?
If you forget to take a pill at your usual time, take it as soon as you remember. If you miss a pill (do not take it within 24 hours) you should take the pill you missed as soon as possible, even if it means taking two pills at the same time. Then continue taking the rest of the pack as normal.
If you miss two or more pills you won’t be protected against pregnancy. You should take the last pill you missed as soon as possible, even if it means taking two pills at the same time. Leave out the other missed ones. Then continue to take your pills, one every day, as normal. You should either not have sex or use an extra barrier method of contraception for the next seven days.
If there are fewer than seven pills let in your pack after your last missed pill, you should finish the pack and then start a new pack straight away without a break. This means skipping your pill-free week.
Do I have to take Katya every day?
You have to take Katya every day for 21 days, then you will have a break of seven days.
Is it safe to take Katya with other medication?
Some medicines speed up the breakdown of hormones in this contraceptive by the liver, which makes it less effective at preventing pregnancy.
Some medicines can have an influence on the blood levels of Katya and can stop it from working properly - for example:
- Some medicines used to treat epilepsy
- Some medicines used to treat HIV and Hepatitis C Virus infections
- Griseofulvin (an antifungal medicine)
- Certain antibiotics
- Certain sedatives
- St John’s Wort
Our doctors will review your medication to ensure that it is safe for you to take Katya.
What are the side effects of Katya?
Some of the most common side effects of the combined contraceptive pill include:
- Gastro issues like stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting
- Breast changes, tenderness or enlargement
- Changes in your weight or retention of water
- Vaginal thrush
- Changes in your menstrual bleeding cycle
- Decreased sex drive
- Depression or mood changes
- Rise in blood pressure
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- Excess of lipids in blood
Can I miss my period, while taking Katya?
You may miss a period every so often if you are taking a combined contraceptive pill. This is not usually a cause of concern.
Can I use Katya to delay my period?
If you take any combined contraceptive pill, like Katya, you can delay your period by taking two packets back to back, missing the 7 day gap.
Avoid taking more than 2 packs without a break unless your GP says you can.
Do birth control pills like Katya cause weight gain?
Some people may experience weight gain (between 100 and 1000 out of every 10,000 that take the combined contraceptive pill). The majority of people will not experience weight gain and a small amount may experience weight loss.
How do I know if Katya is the right pill for me?
If you are over the age of 18 and under 35 and wish to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy then a combined contraceptive pill, like Katya, could be right for you.
If you have heavy or painful periods Norimin could help reduce your discomfort.
Our doctors will check whether any of your existing medications might impact the effectiveness of Katya.
Can I take Katya while breastfeeding?
If you are breast-feeding you may be advised by your doctor not to take Katya. The hormones in contraceptive pills can reduce the production of breast milk.
I am lactose intolerant, is Katya safe for me to take?
All contraceptive pills, including Katya, contain Lactose in small amounts. You should consult your GP before using any form of oral contraception.
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