How do you take Katya?
The Independent Pharmacy can prescribe Katya for women over the age of 18 years for oral use only.
Take 1 Katya tablet for 21 days and then have a pill-free break for 7 days. After the 7 days start your next strip of tablets.
During your 7-day pill-free break your hormone levels will drop causing you to have a withdrawal bleed, similar to a period. You will still be protected from pregnancy within this week as long as you have taken your pills correctly, as detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet.
If you have not used any contraceptive with hormones in the previous month:
Start Katya on the first day of your period. You are immediately protected against pregnancy and do not need to use additional barrier contraceptives.
If you start Katya any time after day 1 of your period you must use additional barrier contraceptives such as condoms for 7 days.
Switching from another combined hormonal contraceptive pill:
Start Katya the day after your last pill from your previous pill packet. Do not have a 7-day pill-free break. If you start Katya after your 7-day break you will need to use an additional barrier contraceptive such as condoms for 7 days.
Changing from a progestogen-only pill, injection, implant or a progesterone-releasing IUD:
You may switch to Katya, on any convenient day, from the progestogen-only pill, or from the day of removal of an implant or an IUD and the due date of the injection. In all of these cases, you must use an additional barrier contraceptive such as condoms for 7 days.
After having a baby:
You can start taking Katya between 21 and 28 days after having a baby. If you start taking Katya later than day 28 you must use an additional barrier method of contraception such as condoms for the next 7 days.
What do I do if I miss a Katya pill?
When taking Katya, missed pills have consequences. If you forget to take your daily Katya tablet, or you are sick or have severe diarrhoea within 3-4 hours after taking your tablet, take it as soon as you remember or when you feel better, even if this means taking 2 tablets on the same day.
If you are more than 12 hours late taking your Katya tablet:
- You will not be protected from getting pregnant and should use additional barrier contraception such as a condom for 7 days.
You are at more risk of becoming pregnant if you miss multiple tablets within one packet or if the Katya 30/75 missed pill is at the start or the end of your packet. If you think you have become pregnant while taking Katya you should speak to a doctor immediately to get advice.
If you are less than 12 hours late taking your Katya tablet:
- You will be protected from getting pregnant. You will not need to use additional contraception.