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Zoely is a contraceptive pill containing the active ingredients nomegestrol acetate and estradiol used to prevent pregnancy in women.
To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment, such as Zoely, Microlite or Yaz. Our online doctor will review your information and approve an appropriate treatment.
Prescriptions for urgent treatment can be delivered by Pharmacy Collect, usually within an hour. Or you can choose for your prescription to be delivered to your address. Prescriptions can be used at a pharmacy of your choice.
Zoely is a combined oral contraceptive pill. It's a monophasic, or everyday, pill, meaning it comes in strips of 28 tablets, 24 of which contain hormones and 4 of which are placebos, but which should be taken nonetheless.
Like all other combined contraceptive pills, Zoely contains two artificial hormones designed to mimic and over-ride those produced naturally in your body. These two hormones, nomegestrol acetate and estradiol, are contained in varying levels in each of the 24 active pills in each pack, and change the menstrual cycle usually controlled by your natural hormones. Nomegestrol acetate is a synthetic form of the natural hormone progesterone, while estradiol is a kind of oestrogen naturally produced in the body.
Together, these two hormones convince your body daily that ovulation has already occurred, which stops your ovaries from releasing eggs. The hormones also thicken the mucus in your womb, making it harder for sperm to enter and possibly reach an egg. They also significantly changes the lining of the womb where an egg would usually be implanted following fertilisation.
If taken properly following the instructions marked in your patient leaflet, Zoely should reduce your chances of getting pregnant to less than one percent. Zoely's efficacy can be lowered by a number of factors including other drugs you are currently taking, so it's important to always disclose any medication, whether herbal or prescribed, that you take or have taken.
You will still have a period while taking Zoely, although this should in most cases be lighter, less uncomfortable and more regular than before you began taking it. Your period should start several days after beginning the four placebo tablet phase, and may not finish by the time you have begun a new blister pack. You are still protected during your period.
What happens if I miss a pill?
As with most combined pills, if you miss just one pill and realise within 24 hours of the time you were meant to take it, simply take it immediately and continue with your cycle as normal. This should not lower Zoely's effectiveness. If you do not realise within 24 hours, consult your patient information leaflet for more information as instructions vary depending on the level of hormone contained in the missed pill.
If I get diarrhoea or if I am sick, will that affect Zoely?
If you have severe diarrhoea or vomit within several hours of taking Zoely, this may well affect its absorption and effect on your body. Please check your patient leaflet for more information.
Zoely contains a natural type of oestrogen already found in the human body. This means that the already tiny chance of contraceptive pill-related blot clots in users is further reduced. Fewer women have also reported acne as a side effect from Zoely when compared to other pills.
Zoely is not usually recommended for breastfeeding mothers, but please consult your doctor if you have just had a child and intend to breastfeed while taking Zoely so he or she can assess your suitability.
Zoely is not suitable for everyone and is not usually prescribed by the online doctor to those under 18, the very overweight or heavy smokers over 35 years of age. It is definitely not suitable for you if you suffer from or have suffered from any of the following:
Other medical conditions may also affect your suitability to take Zoely, so please ensure you disclose them to your doctor before taking it. If you develop any unusual symptoms whatsoever while taking Zoely, especially those associated with a blood clot or thrombosis, you should let your doctor know.
There’s no evidence to show that you’ll gain weight as a result of taking Zoely.
However, everyone reacts to hormonal contraception differently. For some people, weight gain or weight loss is a side effect of taking the oral contraceptive pill. However, this tends to only be a short-term side effect, and should settle after your body is used to your new hormone levels.
Zoely and Yasmin are both combined oral contraceptive pills. When taken correctly, both pills stop you from getting pregnant. Both pills contain artificial versions of the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Zoely is a slightly newer pill, and contains a lower dose of oestrogen and progesterone. Zoely is thought to have less unpleasant side effects than previous contraceptive pills, like Yasmin.
Each blister pack of Zoely will contain 24 active pills and 4 placebo pills. The active pills are white and round, while the placebo pills should be yellow. As each of the active pills contains a different level of hormones to correspond with different stages of your menstrual cycle, each pill must be taken at the same time every day, with a glass of water. It's advisable to make sure you take the placebo pills at the same time during that four-day placebo period too, so that you don't break your routine or get confused.
You should ideally begin taking Zoely on the first day of your period, to ensure you're protected straight away. You should mark this day next to the first pill in the pack or mark the starting date on a calendar to ensure you always start a new blister pack on the same day. Follow the directions marked on the blister pack to ensure you are taking your tablets in the right order, and begin a new blister pack immediately after finishing the four yellow tablets of the first one.
If you are changing from another method of contraception to Zoely, please check your patient leaflet for more information on how and when to begin taking Zoely, as this varies depending on what contraception you were using previously. You may start Zoely immediately after discontinuing some types of contraception and still be protected, but this is not always the case so please ensure you check. You should let your doctor know of any contraceptives you are currently using before starting a course of Zoely, and he or she should let you know how to make the transition.
Zoely can have side effects, but the severity and appearance of these varies drastically from person to person; some women may never have any. The more common of these include, but are not limited to:
• various changes to your menstrual cycle
• headaches or migraines
• nausea and/or vomiting
• changes to your weight
• spotting between periods
A tiny proportion of users may suffer from more severe side effects, including blood clotting issues, raised blood pressure, gallstones, allergic reactions or other conditions. These do not happen in most cases, but please contact emergency services know immediately should you suffer from any serious adverse effects.
If you have a question about this service, please email [email protected] with the question, and one of our doctors will get back to you within 24 hours.
If you need your medication urgently, choose DrEd's Pharmacy Collect service. This service is available between 9am and 4pm Monday - Friday. Orders placed outside of these hours will be processed the next working day. First, our doctors will review your treatment and approve if appropriate. We will then send an advanced notification of your prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We aim to do this within an hour.
If your chosen pharmacy is unable to fulfil your prescription, we will get in touch with you to arrange alternative collection arrangements.
You can choose for your paper prescription to be delivered to your address. This takes 3-5 working days.
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