Dianette is a combined pill that is an excellent treatment for acne and symptoms associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dianette provides effective contraception in women who require it to treat these conditions, but it should not be used solely as a contraceptive as it has a slightly higher risk of blood clots compared to other combined pills.
What is in the Dianette pill?
Alternative to Dianette pill
This contraceptive sits in Group 13 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
Dianette is an effective treatment for acne sufferers that can be prescribed by your doctor. It can take between 3 to 6 months to see improvements. It's important to remember that this is not a guaranteed solution and different people will have different results. Treatment for acne with Dianette should be monitored by your doctor due to the increased risk of blood clots compared with other combined pills.
Can Dianette cause weight loss?
There is no evidence that weight is affected by Dianette. However weight gain, or loss, could be impacted by a number of factors that may be related to hormones and the menstrual cycle, such as water retention. You can also take a look our guide to contraception and weight to find out more.
Does Dianette cause hair loss?
This is unlikely due to the combined pill. The progestogen in hormonal contraceptives has the ability to be androgenic and may cause hair loss as a result, however the oestrogen in combined methods could have the benefits of improving hair thickness. Dianette can be used to treat excessive hair growth (hirsutism) which can occur on the face or body. Hair loss can have a myriad of causes, so it's best to consult your doctor for a diagnosis if you're experiencing this. Be sure to also read our full guide on hair loss and the contraceptive pill for more information.
Is Dianette good for PCOS?
Dianette can be used to treat conditions such as severe acne or excessive hair growth (hirsutism) which can be associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Find out more in our guide to contraception and PCOS.
Can I buy Dianette online?
We don't stock Dianette as it should not be solely used as a contraceptive. The Lowdown we do provide access to 30+ other brands of pill including similar alternatives like the Yasmin pill and Lucette pill. Find the full list and find out more about our pill prescription service.
How the Dianette pill works:
Dianette is a combined pill that is taken daily to prevent pregnancy. It makes the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb) whilst also stopping ovulation. Dianette also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Dianette is around 93% effective with typical use, which means that 7 in 100 women fall pregnant whilst taking it each year. Find out more about how clinical effectiveness is determined. There are a few things that can stop the combined pill from working properly including vomiting, some antibiotics, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the combined pill to find out more. You can also use our Missed pill calculator to help you understand what to do if you miss a pill.
How to use the Dianette pill:
You should take your Dianette pill around the same time every day. We recommend keeping your pill packet somewhere you look at everyday (like your makeup bag) to remind you to take it, or set an alarm on your phone. Dianette is designed to be taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you'll experience a withdrawal bleed (like a period). If you want to, you can choose to shorten this break or miss it out altogether (check out our blog on taking your pill back to back ). Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Check out our blog about the combined pill for more info.
Coming off Dianette is easy - you just stop taking it. When you do, you’re no longer protected from pregnancy. If you want to stop the pill but do not wish to become pregnant then you should complete your current packet before stopping and consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. If you have unprotected sex and stop your pill before the packet is finished you may ovulate (release an egg from the ovary) and could become pregnant. You can use our Missed pill calculator if you have missed any pills from your packet. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill for more advice.
How safe is the Dianette pill:
Dianette provides effective contraception in women who require it to treat conditions like acne, but it should not be used solely as a contraceptive as it has a slightly higher risk of blood clots compared to other combined pills. With all types of combined type of hormonal contraception that contains oestrogen, there is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clots in your veins and arteries. The combined pill may also increase your blood pressure. Your doctor will check your individual risk before prescribing the pill. Use of the combined pill is also associated with small increased risks of breast cancer and cervical cancer. These reduce with time after stopping. It's also important to remember that the combined pills does not protect you from STIs.