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Katya

Katya (63 tablets)

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Katya 30/75 Contraceptive Pill

Katya is a hormonal contraceptive, commonly known as the combined oral contraceptive pill. Katya is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, stopping ovulation and making it harder for the sperm to reach the egg.

At The Independent Pharmacy, you can get a prescription of Katya and get quick, discreet delivery directly to your door. Make getting your prescriptions easier by filling in an online consultation here today. 

Katya Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Katya?

Katya is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. Katya contains ethinylestradiol and gestodene, which are synthetic forms of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone.

Katya is also a great option for women who also suffer from heavy, painful and irregular periods. It is taken for 21 days with a 7-day pill-free break, where most women will have a withdrawal bleed, like a period.

Katya contains the same amounts of both active ingredients as the equivalent pills, Femodene and Millinette 30/75.

 

What is Katya used for?

The combined contraceptive pill is used to prevent pregnancy. It does not, however, stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and therefore it is always recommended that additional barrier contraception is used such as a condom. 

Taking Katya can also help some women to experience lighter and more regular periods as well as providing some relief from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and improve the condition of the skin. 

 

How does Katya work and how effective is it?

Katya, like other combined oral contraceptive work by mimicking the female body's natural hormones, preventing ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus making it harder for a sperm to reach the egg. 

When taken as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet, Katya is around 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. 

 

Sources

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

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

 

Starting Katya

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, any convenient day, from the progestogen-only pill, 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?

If you forget to take your daily Katya tablet or you are sick or have 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 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 for advice as soon as possible. 

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. 

Katya side effects

Katya may cause some women to experience side effects but all medicines affect people in different ways. Most side effects will improve within the first 3 months of taking oral contraception but if they do not get better you should speak to a doctor for advice. 

Some of the common side effects of Katya include:

  • Sickness and vomiting.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Headaches and migraine.
  • Breast tenderness and enlargement.
  • Weight gain/loss.
  • Water retention.
  • Candidiasis (vaginal thrush).

If you experience any severe side effects or symptoms of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing or swelling to the lips, face and tongue you must seek immediate medical attention either by calling 999 or attending your nearest emergency department. 

Please ensure that you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before taking Katya or any other form of hormonal contraceptive. 

Katya Ingredients

Each Katya tablet contains the active ingredients: 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol and 75 micrograms gestodene

Each Katya tablet also contains the inactive ingredients: Magnesium stearate, Povidone K-25, Maize starch, Lactose monohydrate, Povidone K-90, Macrogol 6000, Talc, Calcium carbonate, Sucrose, Wax montan glycol.

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly to ensure you are aware of all the ingredients included in Katya tablets. 

Katya warnings

There are some specific medical conditions which may mean you are unable to take Katya. To ensure Katya is right for you, you must be accurate when recording details of your current and previous health and all medicines that you currently take.

Please make sure that you have read the full list of warnings and precautions in the Patient Information Leaflet before taking Katya. 

  • You should not take Katya if you have ever had a blood clot, problems with your heart or liver are at risk of having a stroke or suffer from migraines.
  • You also should not take Katya if you have high blood pressure, have high levels of fat in your blood or have ever had breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs. 
  • You should discuss with your doctor before taking Katya if you have diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, sickle cell anaemia, HUS or SLE or if you have a disease that first appeared during pregnancy. 
  • You should tell your doctor if you have recently been taking or are currently taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication. 

 

Katya and blood clots

The use of combined hormonal contraception, including Katya, can increase a woman's risk of developing arterial and venous blood clots or venous thrombosis. 

The chance of forming blood clots rises:

  • During the first year of taking a combined hormonal contraceptive.
  • As you get older
  • If you are overweight or obese
  • If you have a family history of blood clots
  • After you have had an operation or had an extended period of immobilisation 

 

Katya and cancer

Taking a combined oral contraceptive such as Katya can slightly enhance the risk of you developing breast cancer. This risk appears to decline once contraception is stopped.

Women that take Katya must regularly check their breasts for any changes and you should contact your doctor if you are concerned.

 

Katya in pregnancy & breastfeeding

You should not take Katya during pregnancy. If you think you have become pregnant while taking any oral contraceptive you should speak to a doctor for advice. Taking Katya while breastfeeding is also not advisable, you should speak to a doctor or nurse for advice about your contraceptive options. 

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Contraception?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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Scott McDougall

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Published on: 08-12-2020

Last modified on: 08-12-2020


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

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Steve Stoddart

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Next review date: 08-12-2022


Steve is an expert clinical pharmacist that has recently added prescribing to his repertoire.


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