Hana Contraceptive Mini Pill

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Hana is a contraceptive pill containing desogestrel, also known as the mini pill or POP, ideal for women who do not tolerate oestrogens or who are breastfeeding.

Strength: 75 micrograms - 28 tablets per pack

What is the Hana mini pill?

The mini pill is a daily hormonal contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy in women and adolescents of child-bearing age. Unlike the combined oral contraception (COC) pill, which contains artificial versions of both oestrogen and progestogen, the Hana contraceptive pill only contains progestogen, and therefore is sometimes referred to as the progestogen only pill, progesterone only pill, or POP. Other popular mini pill brands containing the same ingredients include the Cerelle pill and the Cerazette pill, the only difference being that Hana is available over-the-counter whilst the others require a prescription.

How does this mini pill work?

The Hana mini pill contains an artificial progestogen (referred to as a progestin) that imitates the female sex hormone progesterone. This progestin is called desogestrel. Desogestrel works by preventing ovulation during the menstrual cycle, stopping an egg from being released. It also thickens the mucus in the cervix to make it harder for sperm to reach an egg. Additionally, desogestrel reduces the lining of the womb, making it more difficult for a fertilised egg to implant itself.

How effective is the mini pill at preventing pregnancy?

The Hana mini pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy (NHS). However, factors such as missing taking the pill, or being ill with diarrhoea or vomiting, could reduce the efficacy of the pill to approximately 91%. These factors influencing the effectiveness of the Hana mini pill similarly apply to other contraceptive pills.

How do you take the mini pill?

The Hana mini pill is an oral tablet, and should be swallowed whole. You should take 1 tablet at the same time every day without a break between packs. This is important to ensure that the pill is successful at preventing pregnancy, so it’s recommended to pick a convenient time of the day and link it to something you already do every day, such as cleaning your teeth. The tablets are labelled with corresponding days of the week to help you keep track of taking one daily. Your period may become irregular or may stop entirely whilst you’re taking Hana, but this is not a cause for concern.

What happens if you stop taking the mini pill?

If you forget to take the Hana contraceptive pill, and are less than 12 hours late, take the tablet straight away. Take your further tablets as usual, which may mean taking two tablets over the course of the same day. If you do this in under 12 hours, your contraception should not be compromised.

If you do not take the mini pill for more than 12 hours after you were meant to, take the most recently missed tablet immediately, leaving any earlier missed tablets. Take your further tablets as usual, which may mean taking two tablets in the same day. Use additional contraception, such as condoms, for the next 7 days. Missing one or more tablets in the first week of taking this mini pill, and having sex during the week prior to missing the tablets, puts you at the highest risk of getting pregnant. If this is the case, you may need to use an emergency contraceptive.

What are the advantages of the mini pill compared to the combined contraceptive pill?

The progestogen-only pill is perfect for those who cannot use a contraception containing oestrogen, such as the combined birth control pill. Such individuals include those who are over 35, and those who smoke. Hana is also safe to take whilst you are breastfeeding, as clinical trials have shown that the quality of breastmilk is not affected by the treatment.

Another advantage is that the desogestrel pill is now available over the counter under the Hana brand name.

Who is the mini pill not suitable for?

You should not take this daily contraceptive pill if you qualify for any of the following:

  • You are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
  • You have or are suspected of having a sex-steroid sensitive cancer, such as breast cancer
  • You have had a blood clot in your legs (thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism)
  • You have or have previously had jaundice or severe liver disease
  • You experience unexplained vaginal bleeding between your periods, or if you repeatedly have bleeding after sex
  • You are allergic to desogestrel or to any of the other ingredients in Hana

What are the side effects of the Hana mini pill?

Like all medication, you may experience some side effects when taking the mini pill.

Common side effects from taking the pill, which may affect up to 1 in 10 women, include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Altered mood
  • Reduced libido
  • Irregular or no periods
  • Breast pain
  • Increased body weight

Uncommon mini pill side effects, which may affect up to 1 in 100 women, include:

  • Vomiting
  • Vaginal infection
  • Painful periods
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulties in wearing contact lenses
  • Hair loss
  • Ovarian cysts

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms, as they may indicate a more serious side effect:

  • Swollen face, lips, tongue and/or throat
  • A sudden or severe pain in the lower abdomen
  • Swelling, redness or pain in the leg
  • Chest pain, breathlessness or coughing up blood

 Information Leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.

What is the Hana mini pill?

The mini pill is a daily hormonal contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy in women and adolescents of child-bearing age. Unlike the combined oral contraception (COC) pill, which contains artificial versions of both oestrogen and progestogen, the Hana contraceptive pill only contains progestogen, and therefore is sometimes referred to as the progestogen only pill, progesterone only pill, or POP. Other popular mini pill brands containing the same ingredients include the Cerelle pill and the Cerazette pill, the only difference being that Hana is available over-the-counter whilst the others require a prescription.

How does this mini pill work?

The Hana mini pill contains an artificial progestogen (referred to as a progestin) that imitates the female sex hormone progesterone. This progestin is called desogestrel. Desogestrel works by preventing ovulation during the menstrual cycle, stopping an egg from being released. It also thickens the mucus in the cervix to make it harder for sperm to reach an egg. Additionally, desogestrel reduces the lining of the womb, making it more difficult for a fertilised egg to implant itself.

How effective is the mini pill at preventing pregnancy?

The Hana mini pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy (NHS). However, factors such as missing taking the pill, or being ill with diarrhoea or vomiting, could reduce the efficacy of the pill to approximately 91%. These factors influencing the effectiveness of the Hana mini pill similarly apply to other contraceptive pills.

How do you take the mini pill?

The Hana mini pill is an oral tablet, and should be swallowed whole. You should take 1 tablet at the same time every day without a break between packs. This is important to ensure that the pill is successful at preventing pregnancy, so it’s recommended to pick a convenient time of the day and link it to something you already do every day, such as cleaning your teeth. The tablets are labelled with corresponding days of the week to help you keep track of taking one daily. Your period may become irregular or may stop entirely whilst you’re taking Hana, but this is not a cause for concern.

What happens if you stop taking the mini pill?

If you forget to take the Hana contraceptive pill, and are less than 12 hours late, take the tablet straight away. Take your further tablets as usual, which may mean taking two tablets over the course of the same day. If you do this in under 12 hours, your contraception should not be compromised.

If you do not take the mini pill for more than 12 hours after you were meant to, take the most recently missed tablet immediately, leaving any earlier missed tablets. Take your further tablets as usual, which may mean taking two tablets in the same day. Use additional contraception, such as condoms, for the next 7 days. Missing one or more tablets in the first week of taking this mini pill, and having sex during the week prior to missing the tablets, puts you at the highest risk of getting pregnant. If this is the case, you may need to use an emergency contraceptive.

What are the advantages of the mini pill compared to the combined contraceptive pill?

The progestogen-only pill is perfect for those who cannot use a contraception containing oestrogen, such as the combined birth control pill. Such individuals include those who are over 35, and those who smoke. Hana is also safe to take whilst you are breastfeeding, as clinical trials have shown that the quality of breastmilk is not affected by the treatment.

Another advantage is that the desogestrel pill is now available over the counter under the Hana brand name.

Who is the mini pill not suitable for?

You should not take this daily contraceptive pill if you qualify for any of the following:

  • You are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
  • You have or are suspected of having a sex-steroid sensitive cancer, such as breast cancer
  • You have had a blood clot in your legs (thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism)
  • You have or have previously had jaundice or severe liver disease
  • You experience unexplained vaginal bleeding between your periods, or if you repeatedly have bleeding after sex
  • You are allergic to desogestrel or to any of the other ingredients in Hana

What are the side effects of the Hana mini pill?

Like all medication, you may experience some side effects when taking the mini pill.

Common side effects from taking the pill, which may affect up to 1 in 10 women, include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Altered mood
  • Reduced libido
  • Irregular or no periods
  • Breast pain
  • Increased body weight

Uncommon mini pill side effects, which may affect up to 1 in 100 women, include:

  • Vomiting
  • Vaginal infection
  • Painful periods
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulties in wearing contact lenses
  • Hair loss
  • Ovarian cysts

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms, as they may indicate a more serious side effect:

  • Swollen face, lips, tongue and/or throat
  • A sudden or severe pain in the lower abdomen
  • Swelling, redness or pain in the leg
  • Chest pain, breathlessness or coughing up blood

 Information Leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.

Written and reviewed by our qualified team

GPhC Number: 2088658

Carolina Goncalves

Authored by:

Carolina Goncalves
Superintendent
Pharmacist

GPhC Number: 2225869

Rehma Gill

Reviewed by:

Rehma Gill
Pharmacy
Manager

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Content last updated: 13 Mar 2024

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So easy and quick


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"My feedback "

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A safe well known product .

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Informative professional and supportive with a quick reliable service .


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Fast delivery,good product will buy again. No complaints with service.

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Fast efficient service,would reccomend.


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"Good Company"

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Had no side effects taking this, easy to order online, fast delivery

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Easy to order and fast delivery


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"Fantastic products delivered to your…"

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Easy to purchase and delivery to your door

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Fantastic products delivered to your door


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"Amazing"

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Always use that contraceptive pill. The only thing it would be better to order a bigger amount

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Never had any problem at all, quick and safe service.


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As Above


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"Very quick delivery time & happy with the effectiveness of the pill!"

Product Review:

Hana has been a great alternative to other pills such as Rigevidon or Microgyon that I previously took for my period pain. I had to switch to buying Hana through Pharmica as the Microgyon I was prescribed through the NHS had awful side effects for me. I am feeling much better now whilst using Hana and am settling into it nicely. I have been taking it now for around 3/4 months.

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I have been using Pharmica for around 3/4 months now and am very impressed with the service. The item arrives next day normally and the pill I opted for which I had not tried before works a lot better than other contraceptive pills I have taken. I am very satisfied.


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"Quick and easy service"

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Does what it needs to

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Prescription arrived quickly and the whole process was clear and easy.


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Easy to take, I've had no allergic reaction to taking this, been taking this pill for quite a while

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Easy to order and quick delivery


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