Qlaira is a new pill made with new types of synthetic oestrogen and progestogen. Whilst there isn't much long term data on it yet, some women love it. The hormone levels change throughout the pack, so you may feel hormonal fluctuations. Qlaira is taken as a 28 day pack with 26 hormone tablets and 2 placebo pills as a break built in.
What is in the Qlaira pill?
Androgenicity unknown progestogen
Alternative to Qlaira pill
This contraceptive sits in Group 15 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
There is no evidence that Qlaira can affect weight. Make sure to take a look at our users' reviews above to see how our community report the Qlaira affects their weight. You can also take a look our guide to contraception and weight to find out more.
Can Qlaira help endometriosis?
Combined hormonal contraceptives prevent ovulation and lighten or even stop periods by thinning out the womb lining. This means that endometrial deposits (cells similar to those usually found in the lining of the womb but which grow in other parts of the body) can become smaller without the hormonal stimulation of the menstrual cycle. Taking the combined pill in a continuous method could offer the greatest relief in symptoms by minimising the number of bleeds you have a year. Find out more about continuous pill taking. These benefits often lead to an improvement in symptoms and can protect fertility by reducing inflammation and scar tissue. Read our guide to endometriosis and contraception.
Is Qlaira good for acne?
Qlaira is still a fairly new combined pill, so evidence on whether women experience improvements to their skin is still sparse. However, most women see an improvement to their acne when taking the combined pill. We'd recommend you check out our user-generated reviews to see how our community report Qlaira affects their complexion. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne.
Does Qlaira cause depression?
There is no clear link between combined pills such as Qlaira and depression, and evidence for mood changes is conflicting. You can check out what The Lowdown community reports on side effects, or you can take a look at our guide to contraception and mood.
Qlaira 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. Qlaira also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Qlaira 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 Qlaira pill:
You should take your Qlaira 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. Qlaira 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 Qlaira 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 Qlaira pill:
Qlaira is safe to take. There are however some small risks associated with taking the pill. With any 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.