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Despite using different forms of the two active hormones (oestrogen and progestogen), Qlaira works in the same way to other combined contraceptives by protecting against pregnancy in three separate ways. The first change is made to the process of ovulation, as the body believes an egg has already been released and thus does not release another. In addition, the mucus in the cervix becomes a lot thicker, to avoid sperm reaching the womb, the lining of which is thinned in order to prevent any fertilised eggs from attaching.
Most women are able to safely and effectively use a combined pill as a form of contraception. However, there are some cases where it may not be appropriate. Women over the age of 35 who smoke will be advised against using this and it may also be unsafe for women who are breastfeeding or think they might be pregnant.
A doctor may not prescribe this contraceptive to women who are taking other medication such as antibiotics, sedatives, treatments for epilepsy or certain natural remedies such as St John's Wort.
Because of the way it closely mimics the natural cycle, Qlaira is known to cause fewer side effects than other types of combined contraceptives, but some may occur. The possible side effects include nausea, weight gain, and acne and breast tenderness. If you experience more persistent or serious side effects such as diarrhoea, liver problems or excessive hair growth, you may be advised to switch to another form of contraception.
It is important to take Qlaira as indicated in the correct order, as the different coloured pills contain different amounts of each hormone. You should begin by taking two dark yellow pills on the first days of your period, followed by five light red pills and then 17 light yellow ones. Finally you should take two dark red pills and two inactive white ones, which serve to make it easier to remember to start a second pack on the following day. There is no break between each 28 day pack so it is important to take one pill every day.
Qlaira is available to buy online at 121doc following an online medical consultation, which will serve to ensure you are able to safely and effectively take this oral contraceptive. A doctor will review your questionnaire and issue a prescription for the medication, which is dispensed from our pharmacy with a free next day delivery service.
Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.
All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.
|Overview||Combined pill||Combined pill||Combined pill|
|Progestogen||150mcg Desogestrel||3mg Drospirenone||150mcg Levonorgestrel|
|Oestrogen||20mcg Ethinylestradiol||30mcg Ethinylestradiol||30mcg Ethinylestradiol|
|Features||Improves period pain & PMS symptoms||Improves acne & period pain||Improves period pain & PMS symptoms|
|Side effects||Low risk||Low risk||Low risk|
|Over 35 & smoke|
|Over 35 & smoke||Unsuitable||Unsuitable||Unsuitable|
|High blood pressure|
|High blood pressure||Caution||Caution||Caution|
|How to take|
|How to take||21 days with break of 7 days||21 days with break of 7 days||21 days with break of 7 days|
|Price 3 month course|
|Price 3 month course||x||x||x|
|View treatment||View treatment||View treatment|
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Every order starts with an online consultation. We will ask you medical questions to make sure only treatment that is safe and effective is prescribed. We take into account your lifestyle, health and any other medications you’re currently using.
The consultation is completely free, and takes between 5 and 10 minutes of your time.
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As soon as you place the order, one of our doctors will review your consultation. On working days, this usually takes around one hour.
If the doctor has any additional questions, you will receive a phone call and an email. We understand you might be at work or busy. Our customer service representatives are always discreet and can call back at a more convenient time if necessary.
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Once our pharmacy receives your prescription, you will get a second email with your package tracking code.
All orders include next-day delivery. Alternatively, you can select a delivery date that suits you better.
We also provide a free UPS Access Point service. Pick up your package from one of many collection points across the UK.
With your tracking code, you will know the estimated delivery time. All we need is your signature (or a friend‘s or relative’s).
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