Zoely is a new pill made with new types of synthetic oestrogen and progestogen. Whilst there isn't much long term data on it, some women love it. The hormone levels change throughout the pack, so you may feel hormonal fluctuations. This pill has a 28 day pack with 24 hormone tablets and 4 placebo 'fake' pills as a break built in.
What is in the Zoely pill?
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This contraceptive sits in Group 16 and has the same hormonal ingredient as:
There is no evidence that Zoely can cause either weight gain or loss. Make sure to take a look at our users' reviews above to see how our community reports Zoely's effects on their weight. You can also take a look our guide to contraception and weight to find out more.
I have no period on Zoely - is this normal?
Traditionally combined pills have been taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break during which you may have a withdrawal bleed like a period. Some people may experience very light bleeding or no bleeding at all during the break. If packets of the combined pill are taken continuously or back to back without a break it is also possible to avoid having a bleed altogether. Find out more in our guide to continuous pill taking . If you experience a change in bleeding pattern whilst taking the combined pill or stop having bleeds and may be at risk of pregnancy, you should make sure you take a pregnancy test.
Does Zoely help with acne?
Like Qlaira, Zoely 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 Zoely affects their complexion. Find out more in our guide to the contraceptive pill and acne .
What are the benefits of taking the Zoely contraceptive pill?
Zoely, like all combined pills has some great benefits. Many women like the combined pill because they may experience predictable bleeding patterns and can help manage conditions such as heavy periods, period pain, acne, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Users of Zoely may experience lighter bleeds than on other types of combined pills. The combined pill can also help with symptoms associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) including acne, abnormal hair growth and irregular or no periods, as well as symptoms associated with menopause. The combined pill also reduces the risk of endometrial (womb), ovarian and colorectal (bowel) cancer.
Zoely 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. Zoely also prevents the lining of your womb from thickening enough for a fertilised egg to implant into it. Zoely 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.
How to use the Zoely pill:
You should take your Zoely 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. Zoely 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 (find out more here ). 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 here .
Coming off Zoely 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 here .
How safe is the Zoely pill:
Zoely is safe to take for most people. 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 possibly cervical cancer. These reduce with time after stopping. It's also important to remember that the combined pills does not protect you from STIs.
Data shows people taking nomegestrol (the progestogen in Zoely) are at increased risk of a benign tumour called meningioma . If using Zoely you should report any new symptoms to your doctor. Symptoms of meningioma include change in vision, hearing loss or ringing in the ears, loss of smell, headaches, memory loss, seizures and weakness in arms or legs.