Yacella is a type of combined oral contraceptive pill (known as ‘the pill’) that is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. It contains synthetic versions of two naturally occurring hormones: oestrogen (as 30mcg of ethinylestradiol) and progestogen (as 3mg of drospirenone).
In addition to being a reliable and reversible contraception method, combined pills can help with premenstrual symptoms, regulate your periods, and make them lighter and less painful.
The hormones oestrogen and progestogen fluctuate throughout your menstrual cycle. Combined contraceptive pills use synthetic oestrogen and progestogen to manage these levels in a way that prevents pregnancy.
The oestrogen in Yacella prevents ovulation so that eggs are unable to be fertilised, while the progestogen thickens the mucus in the womb and thins the womb lining which makes it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg and less likely that fertilised egg would be able to implant and grow.
Take one tablet daily, preferably around the same time each day, for 21 days followed by a 7-day break, when you will get your period (also known as a ‘withdrawal bleed’). After that, you should start taking the next pack, even if you are still bleeding.
When first starting Yacella, you should take the first pill on the first day of your period. If you are unable to do this, you can begin on day 2-5 of your cycle, but you should use an additional contraception method for the first seven days in addition to the pill to prevent pregnancy.
You should always follow the advice of your doctor when taking any medication.
If you are less than 12 hours late in taking your pill, take the next pill as soon as possible, and you will still be protected against pregnancy.
If you are over 12 hours late, the next steps depend on how many pills you have missed and how far into the strip you are. Refer to the patient information leaflet for further instruction.
If you take your pill, but experience an upset stomach soon after, this may also decrease the effectiveness of the medication. Treat any instance of severe stomach trouble as though you have not taken your pill.
If you vomit within three hours of taking the pill, it may not have had a chance to get into your system, meaning you may not be protected against pregnancy. If this happens, take another pill as soon as possible and the next one at your usual time.
Diarrhoea can also lessen the effectiveness of the pill. If you have had very severe diarrhoea, the medication may not be able to work properly and you should use additional contraception, like condoms.
Side effects are a possibility of most medications, although combined contraceptive pills are usually well-tolerated and not everyone will experience side effects.
Some of the most common side effects include:
For a complete list of side effects, read the prescription information leaflet.
Women who take combined contraceptive pills have an increased risk of getting a blood clot compared with those who do not, and the risk is slightly higher with the progestogen used in this medication. Your risk is further increased with smoking, increased age, high blood pressure, migraines, certain heart conditions, diabetes, and if you are overweight.
They can be very serious, so it is important to seek immediate medical help if you suspect you have a blood clot. Read the patient information leaflet for more information on how to spot a blood clot.
Yacella is intended for women (over the age of 18 if using an online doctor service like HealthExpress), who need an effective method for preventing pregnancy.
This pill is not suitable for women who smoke and are over the age of 35, but alternative contraception methods are available.
While serious risks associated with taking this medication are rare, it is important to read the patient information leaflet fully before taking any medication. Filling out your consultation completely and accurately can help the doctor determine that this is the most suitable treatment for you.
You should also make sure to tell your doctor about any other medications or supplements you may be taking, even if they are not prescribed, as there could be an interaction. This includes antibiotics, treatments for chronic conditions, and supplements.
Contraceptive pills do not protect against sexually transmitted infections, so it is important to practise safe sex.
You can buy Yacella tablets from HealthExpress by completing a quick online consultation. This allows our doctors to check your medical history and assess whether or not Yacella is right for you. If your consultation is approved, the prescription will be forwarded on to our pharmacy where it will be checked again before being dispatched with next day delivery.
It is safe to buy Yacella tablets online when purchasing through a reputable source. This is why we require you to complete a medical questionnaire, so that our doctors can ensure that this is a safe treatment for you.
HealthExpress is also registered with the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), General Medical Council (GMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).