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Qlaira: what is it for and how to take the contraceptive

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Qlaira: what is it for and how to take the contraceptive
Qlaira: what is it for and how to take the contraceptive

Qlaira is a contraceptive pill that is indicated to prevent pregnancy, as it works by preventing ovulation, alters the conditions of the cervical mucus and also causes changes in the endometrium.

This contraceptive has in its composition 28 pills of different colors, which correspond to different hormones and hormonal doses. Among the pills, there are 2 white pills that are considered inactive as they do not contain hormone. The 26 colors can have estradiol valerate alone or a combination of estradiol valerate and dienogest.

The use of Qlaira should be done according to the gynecologist's advice and should be started on the first day of the menstrual cycle or after the end of the previous pack.

How to use

To start Qlaira correctly, if the person is not using any contraceptives, they should take the first pill on the first day of the cycle, that is, on the first day of menstruation. If you are switching from another combined pill, you should start taking Qlaira the day after you stop using the pill. In the case of the vaginal ring or transdermal patch, the use of Qlaira should be started on the day of removal of the vaginal ring or patch, or as directed by a physician.

If the person is switching from a mini pill, the Qlaira contraceptive can be started at any time. In cases of injection, implant or intrauterine system, Qlaira should be started on the scheduled date of the next injection or the day of removal of the implant or intrauterine system, but it is important to use a condom during the first 9 days of using Qlaira.

If you are already using Qlaira, the next pack must be started the day after the current pack is finished, without a break between them and regardless of whether the bleeding has stopped or not.

The Qlaira contraceptive has an adhesive calendar inside with 7 adhesive strips that show the days of the week. The strip corresponding to the day of the beginning of use must be removed and glued in the space indicated for it, so that the day of the week corresponding to the beginning is exactly above the number 1 tablet. arrows, until all 28 pills have been taken. In this way, the person can verify that he has taken the contraceptive correctly every day.

What is it for

The main indication of Qlaira is contraception, that is, preventing the development of pregnancy. However, the use of this contraceptive may be indicated by the doctor to reduce the duration and intensity of bleeding, reducing the risk of anemia and relieving and/or combating menstrual cramps.

These other indications of Qlaira are possible due to the fact that some of the pills are constituted by two hormones, estradiol valerate and dienogest, having other applications besides contraception.

Who should not take it

Qlaira should not be used in people with a current or previous history of thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or clot formation in other parts of the body, a current or previous history of heart attack or stroke, or of a particular type of migraine with visual symptoms, difficulty speaking, weakness or numbness in any part of the body.

Furthermore, it should also not be used by people with diabetes mellitus with damage to the vascular system, current or previous history of liver disease, cancer that may develop under the influence of sex hormones, or liver tumor, with unexplained vaginal bleeding, or by women who are pregnant or suspect pregnancy.

Furthermore, this medication should not be used in people who are allergic to estradiol valerate, dienogest or any of the components of Qlaira.

Possible side effects

The most common side effects that can occur with the use of Qlaira are emotional instability, depression, decreased or lost sexual desire, migraine, nausea, breast pain and unexpected uterine bleeding. In addition, although very rare, arterial or venous thrombosis can also occur.

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