Qlaira is a daily combined contraceptive pill that changes the levels of hormones in your body throughout your cycle. It is 99 percent effective when taken correctly.

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About Qlaira

Qlaira comes in a pack of 28 pills, with two white inactive pills and four types of active pills (2 dark yellow, 5 medium red, 17 light yellow, and 2 dark red). Each of the active tablets contains different levels of hormones and must be taken in the correct order to keep the pill working.

Estradiol and dienogest are the active hormones. These factors make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg or for an egg to implant in the womb lining.


Qlaira is 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. Approximately 9 out of 100 women will become pregnant if it is not always taken correctly.

You may not be protected against pregnancy if you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea. Continue to take the pill as usual if this happens, but use a condom while you’re sick. If this lasts longer than 24 hours, you should take the same steps as if you missed a pill.

Please keep in mind that you should only begin using Qlaira if you are certain you are not pregnant.


If you start taking Qlaira on days 1-5 of your period, you should be safe from pregnancy right away, assuming you don’t have a short or irregular period.

If you have sex after day 1 and have a short/irregular menstrual cycle, you must use condoms for 7 days. If you have sex in the first 7 days, your clinician will be able to tell you if you need to use additional contraception.

Side Effects

Many women do not have any negative side effects, but some do. Feeling sick, tummy pain, breast discomfort, irregular bleeding, or headaches are some of the symptoms. Some women develop blood clots or high blood pressure in rare cases.

See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of side effects and how to use it correctly.

If you forget to take your active pill (these are coloured)

Contraception should not be jeopardized if one of the white inactive pills is missing. Discard the inactive pill that was missed and continue with the pack as usual. You will continue to be safe.

If you forget to take an active pill, take it as soon as you remember (this may mean taking two pills in one day), then finish the pill packet. Take no more than 2 active pills in a single day.

If you miss an active pill by less than 12 hours, take it as soon as you remember. Then resume taking the tablets at the regular intervals. You’ll still be safe from getting pregnant.

The protection against pregnancy may be reduced if you miss a pill by more than 12 hours. The next steps are determined by when you took your last pill and where you are in your pill packet. For more information, please read the patient information leaflet or send us a message through your Patient Record.


A Qlaira prescription can be requested and paid for online. Even if you use an online service, you will need a prescription from a clinician to purchase this medication because it is a prescription-only medication.

To safely prescribe any combined contraceptive pill, we will need to know your height, weight, and blood pressure. This can be completed during the consultation.

Qlaira Facts

If you’ve already purchased your pill from us, you can request a new supply from your Patient Record if you’re medically eligible. Please send us a message through your Patient Record if you want to change your pill.

Blood pressure can rise as a result of combined contraceptives, which can be dangerous. Before starting any combined contraceptive, your blood pressure should be checked, and then once a year after that. If you’ve recently had your blood pressure checked or checked it yourself with a home blood pressure monitor, you can tell us about it during your consultation.

Safety: taking other medicines

Qlaira should be safe to take with other medications. However, it’s critical that you tell us about any prescription, over-the-counter, or recreational medications you’re taking so that we can safely prescribe Qlaira.

Treatment options

NuvaRing, Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills, and mini pills are among the contraceptives we offer. Take a look at all of our contraception options.

Condoms are an effective method of contraception that also protects against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Long-acting contraceptives, such as implants, the coil, and injectable contraception, are also available through your GP or family planning clinic.