- Does the Qlaira pill stop periods?
Qlaira pills come as packs of 28 pills to be taken everyday without breaks. You usually get a withdrawal bleed on days 26 to 28 of taking the pill.
Qlaira pills are slightly different because each pill contains hormones in different doses and they need to be taken on the marked day on each pill.
If you would like to delay or stop your periods, speak to your doctor for advice on how to take the pill to do this.
- Does Qlaira increase your risk of blood clots?
Your risk of getting blood clots when taking Qlaira and other combined oral contraceptive pills is small. The risk may increase if you already have certain risk factors for developing blood clots like high blood pressure, diabetes or being overweight.
- Is it normal to bleed on Qlaira?
Yes. You should have a withdrawal bleed on days 26 to 28 when taking your pack of 28 Qlaira pills. You should start your next pack of 28 pills after completing the previous pack, even if you are still having a withdrawal bleed. If you have irregular bleeding in between periods, speak to your doctor for advice.
- Does the pill Qlaira cause acne?
Some women may get acne when taking Qlaira pills but not everyone will get this side effect. If the acne does not improve after the first 3 months of taking the pill, speak to your doctor for advice.
- Can Qlaira cause depression?
There are no current studies directly linking depression with taking Qlaira contraceptive pills. But some women have reported having low moods while on the pill. If you have symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts, whether on the pill or not, seek medical attention immediately.
- Can Qlaira cause anxiety?
While some women taking Qlaira have reported having periods of anxiety, not everyone on the pill has had this side effect. If you have frequent episodes of mood changes and symptoms of anxiety, speak to your doctor for advice.
- Can Qlaira cause weight gain?
Weight gain on the pill has been reported by some women. If you have noticed any unexplained weight changes and are concerned, speak to your doctor for advice.
- Can Qlaira cause infertility?
Qlaira is a combined contraceptive pill, which is in the ‘reversible contraception’ group. This means once you stop taking the pill, it will not have effects on your fertility soon after stopping it. If you are concerned about infertility or getting pregnant after you stop the pill, speak to your doctor for more advice.
- Can I drink while taking Qlaira?
Drinking alcohol should not stop the pill from working, although you should avoid drinking above the UK recommended weekly drinking limits.
- Can I take painkillers when taking Qlaira?
You can take simple painkillers like paracetamol when taking Qlaira. If you need to take any other type of painkillers, inform your doctor first to check if it will affect the pill.
- Can I take Qlaira when I’m breastfeeding?
You should avoid taking Qlaira or similar combined contraceptive pills when breastfeeding. Your doctor will be able to advise you on more suitable contraceptive options while you are breastfeeding.
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