What is Dianette?
Dianette is composed of progestogen cyproterone acetate and the oestrogen ethinylestradiol that is taken once each day for 21 days, followed by a 7 day break when you take no pills. Primarily, Dianette is used to treat acne and oily skin conditions, so some women may prefer using Dianette for this benefit.
It is not suitable during breast feeding.
How do I take Dianette?
Tablets are taken orally by swallowing whole with water, once daily for 21 days, followed by a 7-day break.
When starting Dianette, the first tablet should be taken on the first day of your next period to ensure protection from the first pill.
If you are already on a different pill, then Dianette should be started on the day after you finish your last pack of your current pill.
If you have recently had a baby, Dianette should be taken 21 days after delivery as long as you are fully mobile and recovered. For the first 7 days of Dianette you will need additional contraception (e.g. condoms) to protect against pregnancy. You should contact your doctor if you have experienced miscarriage or abortion.
If one dose is missed, you should still be fully protected provided you take the next dose as usual. If more than one dose is missed, it is advised you continue taking the pill as usual, but use another form of contraceptive for seven days in addition to Dianette.
How effective is Dianette?
As a combined pill, Dianette is a very effective form of contraception when taken as directed.
Does Dianette have any side effects?
The most commonly reported side effects are nausea, abdominal pain, increased weight, headache, depressed mood, altered mood, breast pain, breast tenderness.
There is an increased risk of thromboembolism for all women who use combined hormonal contraceptives such as Dianette.