Hana contains desogestrel and is a type of mini pill (progestogen-only pill). It is really safe for nearly every woman, but like all desogestrel pills, some of us have issues with breakthrough bleeding which can be unpredictable as there is no oestrogen in the mini pill to help with cycle control. You can now buy Hana from a pharmacy without needing a prescription! Simply click ‘Buy Hana pill’ below and follow the mini-pill form where you’ll be asked for some medical details to check if it's safe for you.
What is in the Hana pill?
Alternative to Hana pill
This contraceptive sits in Group 1 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
Yes, you can buy directly from us! Head to our Pill Prescriptions service to buy the pill online and fill in a short questionnaire about you and your medical history. Your request will then be reviewed by our pharmacy. We'll post a 3, 6 or 12 month supply of your chosen pill directly to your door in discreet packaging.
Do I need a prescription to buy Hana?
Hana is now available to women and people with uteruses without the use of a prescription. We just need a few facts about you and your medical history to ensure it’s safe for you.
What information will you need from me?
We will need the following information before you order from us: Your age/date of birth: (You must be 18+ to order with us), information about any medical conditions or problems as well as any allergies you have (To ensure Hana is safe for you), and what medications you take (To identify drug interactions)
Can I Buy Hana as a one-off or prescription?
The answer is both! We offer 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions so you never have to worry about running out.
Does Hana stop periods?
After 12 months of use, around half of users of progestogen only pills like Hana report infrequent or no periods at all. This is completely normal. However if your bleeding pattern suddenly changes you should consider taking a pregnancy test. It's also important to note that for the first few months of use, your bleeding pattern will likely be unpredictable.
Does Hana contraceptive pill cause weight gain?
There is no evidence that the Hana pill causes weight gain or loss. However various other factors related to hormones and the menstrual cycle could impact weight, such as water retention. Read our guide to contraception and weight and get to know more about the pill and digestive issues .
What happens if I miss a Hana pill?
You have missed a pill when it is more than 12 hours after you should have taken it. Take the missed pill as soon as you remember and use our Missed Pill Calculator to find out what to do next!
Why am I bleeding on the Hana pill?
Unpredictable bleeding is a common side effect of progestogen only pills like Hana. Some people may have no periods or infrequent periods, whereas others may bleed more frequently or have longer episodes of bleeding. This may settle the longer you use the mini pill, with over half of users of pills like Hana reporting no periods or infrequent bleeding after 12 months of use. If you have no periods while on this pill, it doesn't cause you any harm. If your bleeding pattern suddenly changes, or you get bleeding associated with other symptoms like pain or vaginal discharge, consider doing a pregnancy test and STI test. If irregular bleeding continues or is causing problems, speak to your GP.
Can the Hana pill cause acne?
Progestogen only pills like Hana can increase the amount of sebum (oil) that is produced in the skin, potentially triggering or worsening acne. Not all women experience this side effect but if you are suffering from spots you could consider switching to a combined method of contraception (which contains oestrogen and is a recognised treatment for acne) or a non-hormonal method. Take a look at our user reviews or read our guide on the pill and acne to learn more.
How the Hana pill works:
Hana is a small tablet you swallow daily that (unlike the combined pill) only contains one hormone – progestogen. It prevents pregnancy by making the fluid in your cervix thicker (which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), and preventing the lining of your womb thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant in it. Progestogen-only pills containing desogestrel can also stop ovulation.
There are a few things that can stop the progestogen-only pill from working properly including vomiting, some medicines, or missing a pill. Take a look at our complete guide to the progestogen-only pill.
How to use the Hana pill:
Hana contains the hormone desogestrel and must be taken within 12 hours of the same time everyday. 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. Most types of progestogen-only pills are designed to be taken for 28 days with no break between packs. Depending on where you are in your cycle when you start the pill, you might not be protected against pregnancy straight away. Find out more about the progesterone only pill.
Coming off the pill 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 might want to consider switching to another form of contraception before you stop taking your pill. Read our complete guide to coming off the pill.
How safe is the Hana pill:
Hana is very safe for most women. The development of small fluid-filled sacs (cysts) on your ovaries is a possible side effect but they are usually harmless and disappear without treatment. If you do become pregnant while you’re using the progestogen-only pill, there’s a small risk of you having an ectopic pregnancy. It's also important to remember that the pill does not protect you from STIs.