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Feanolla Mini-Pill Online
Feanolla is a progesterone-only contraceptive pill known as a “mini-pill”. Take Feanolla every day for effective protection against pregnancy without any interruption to your sex life.
If you are over 18 years old and have had Feanolla prescribed by your GP before you can get a repeat prescription online from The Independent Pharmacy. Just complete your online consultation today and get your contraception delivered discreetly to your door.
What is Feanolla and what is it used for?
Unlike combined contraceptive pills that contain oestrogen, Feanolla is an oral contraceptive pill that contains just a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone called desogestrel. Desogestrel on its own is enough to prevent pregnancy and can even be taken up to 12 hours late and continue to offer effective protection.
Feanolla is a great contraceptive option for women who need more flexibility around taking contraception or do not get on well with products containing estrogen. Feanolla can also be taken by women who are breastfeeding.
Feanolla is manufactured by Lupin Healthcare and comes in packs of 84 tablets.
How does Feanolla work?
Feanolla contains the active ingredient desogestrel which replicates how the female body’s natural sex hormone, progesterone works. Desogestrel prevents pregnancy in 99% of cases by thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering the uterus and by preventing ovulation.
How long does Feanolla take to work?
Feanolla starts protecting women from pregnancy at different times depending on where they are in their menstrual cycle when they start taking Feanolla.
How long Feanolla takes to work also is dependent on whether a woman is starting Feanolla as their first contraceptive or if they are switching from another hormonal contraception.
For more information about how to start taking Feanolla and to find out what point you are protected from pregnancy, please see details on 'How to take Feanolla' in the Directions section of this page.
Feanolla & acne
One of the more commonly reported side effects of taking the progesterone-only pill is that it can cause the skin to produce more oil making it more prone to spots and acne. For some women, however, they will find that taking Feanolla helps to improve the condition of their skin.
Like many other medications, Feanolla can affect people in different ways but most side effects should improve in the first few months. If you continue to experience or are concerned about any side effects you should discuss this with a doctor or pharmacist.
Feanolla & weight gain
Although some women report weight gain as a side effect of taking Feanolla, research into the effects of taking oral contraceptives suggests that there is very little evidence to imply that there is a link between the progesterone-only-pill and weight gain.
If you are taking Feanolla or any other contraceptive, and you are concerned about your weight you should discuss this with a doctor or practice nurse.
Feanolla & periods
Quite commonly women who take Feanolla will experience changes to their normal menstrual cycles. These changes can vary from person to person but usually, any irregular bleeding will stop within the first few months. Many women will continue to experience no monthly period while taking Feanolla.
If you continue to experience constant bleeding, spotting or irregular bleeding after the first few months of taking Feanolla, or you are concerned, you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.
Is Feanolla the same pill as Cerezette?
Feanolla, Cerazette and Cerelle are both branded versions of the progesterone-only-pill, Desogestrel 75mcg tablets. Cerazette was the original desogestrel contraceptive pill, however now that it is out of patent many other pharmaceutical companies now produce similar products, such as Zelleta.
- Feanolla Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/11274/pil
Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for full details on the warnings and precautions associated with Feanolla tablets.
- Feanolla, like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against any sexually transmitted infections.
- Speak to a doctor before taking Feanolla if you suffer from liver disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Feanolla contains desogestrel which may increase your risk of developing breast cancer - you should ensure you regularly check your breasts for changes and see a doctor if you are concerned.
- Feanolla in very rare circumstances can increase the chance of developing a blood clot. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of a blood clot you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
- If you are currently or have recently been taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Feanolla.
- Feanolla contains soy and lactose.
Takin Feanolla in pregnancy & breastfeeding
You should not take any hormonal contraceptives if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. You can, however, take Feanolla while you are breast-feeding but you should discuss your contraceptives options with a doctor, your midwife or health visitor first.
How to take Feanolla
Before you start taking Feanolla, please ensure that you have read and understood the directions in the Patient Information Leaflet, which are summarised below.
Feanolla is for oral use only to prevent pregnancy. Repeat supplies of Feanolla can be prescribed online by our medical team at The Independent Pharmacy for women over the age of 18 years if your annual pill check is up to date.
- Take one Feanolla tablet every day at a similar time, with a glass of water if needed, until the packet is empty.
- Start each new packet on the top row taking the tablet that correlates with the right day of the week printed on the pack over each tablet and follow the direction of the arrows.
- When you finish a pack, every 28 days, start a new packet the next day. Do not have a break.
How do you start taking Feanolla?
If you are not currently or have not used any hormonal contraception in the past month:
- You should wait for your period to begin and take your first Feanolla tablet on the first day of your period.
- You will not need to use any additional contraception such as a condom to prevent pregnancy.
- If you start Feanolla anytime after day 1 of your period use barrier contraception for 7 days.
If you are switching from a combined pill, vaginal ring or transdermal patch:
- Take your first Feanolla tablet, the first day after your tablet, ring or patch-free break, of your present contraceptive and use barrier contraception for 7 days.
- Do not have a tablet, ring or patch-free break and start taking your first Feanolla tablet the day after you take your last tablet from your present pack, or on the day of removal of your vaginal ring or patch. You will not need to use additional barrier contraception.
If you are changing from any other progestogen-only-pill:
- You can switch on any day and you will not need to use additional barrier contraception.
If you are changing from an injection or implant or hormonal IUS such as the coil:
- Start your first Feanolla tablet the day your next injection is due or on the day that your implant or your IUS is removed. You will not need to use additional barrier contraception.
If you are using Feanolla after having a baby:
- You can start taking Feanolla between 21 and 28 days after the birth of your baby and will not need to use barrier contraception.
- If you start taking Feanolla tablets after day 28 you must use additional contraception such as condoms, for the first 7 days.
Feanolla missed pill
If you are over 12 hours late taking your Feanolla tablet or you vomit or have diarrhoea with 3-4 hours, this counts as a “missed pill”:
- You should take the “missed pill” as soon as you remember or as soon as you feel better and then continue to take your pills at the usual time the next day. You may need to take 2 on the same day.
- You should use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for 7 days as you may not be protected from pregnancy.
- If you are more than 12 hours late taking your pill and have had sex, you can use emergency contraception to protect you from pregnancy.
If you are less than 12 hours late taking your Feanolla tablet:
- Take the late pill as soon as you remember and take the next tablet at the usual time.
- You will still be protected from pregnancy.
Each Feanolla tablet contains the active ingredient: desogestrel 75 micrograms
Each Feanolla tablet contains the inactive ingredients: stearic acid, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide (E 171), lactose monohydrate, soya oil
Warning: Feanolla contains soya oil and lactose. You should not take Feanolla if you have an allergy to either of these products.
For a full list of ingredients included in Feanolla tablets, please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
Feanolla side effects
Like other medication, Feanolla may cause some people to experience side effects. These normally improve after the first few months. Before you start using Feanolla tablets, please ensure you are aware of all of the side effects listed in the Patient Information Leaflet.
If you experience severe side effects or an allergic reaction while taking Feanolla you should get immediate medical advice from a doctor or your nearest emergency department.
If you are concerned about any side effects or you find they do not improve after the first few months or after you stop using Feanolla you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice.
The most common side effects of taking Feanolla are:
- Irregular periods, spotting or no periods.
- Mood changes - low mood, depression, anxiety
- Low libido or sex drive
- Acne and spots
- Breast pain and tenderness
- Weight gain