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Sunya is a contraceptive pill with a range of benefits. If you're looking for reliable protection against pregnancy, or relief for period-related symptoms, Sunya may be right for you.

Once you've started a course of Sunya, our online doctor service can help you order repeat courses easily, without needing to visit a doctor in person. Order up to 3 or 6 months worth of your pill at a time and make your contraception convenient.


3 month course £24
6 month course £29

Prices include delivery and prescription.

What is Sunya?

Sunya is a contraceptive pill. It is taken by women who are sexually active who don't want to get pregnant.

Sunya (also called Sunya 20/75) is a combined contraceptive pill which consists of a combination of two made-man female hormones – oestrogen and progestogen. The name of the oestrogen present in Sunya pill is ethinylestradiol (20 micrograms) and the progestogen is gestodene (75 micrograms).

Sunya is a monophasic pill, which means that each tablet you take has the same hormone dosage in it. You have to take one tablet every day for 21 days, and then you have a seven day break from it. The levels of the hormones in your blood drop during this seven-day break, which results in a withdrawal bleed like your normal period. You start the next pack after the seven pill-free days are up, even if you’re still bleeding. As long as you’ve taken the pills correctly, you’ll still be protected from pregnancy during those seven days.

Your Sunya packaging will include a leaflet to tell you the best time to begin the course, and it’ll have a blister strip containing the pills, each marked with arrows and days of the week to help you remember to take it daily.

What are the benefits of Sunya?

Sunya is a reliable form of contraception. When used correctly, it gives over 99% protection from pregnancy. In addition, Sunya has a number of other benefits.

Below are the main, non-contraceptive benefits of taking Sunya:

Benefit

Explanation

1. Sunya can be helpful for other period-related problems than just pregnancy.

Sunya can relieve symptoms of:

2. Sunya can also help with non-period related health problems.

Sunya can help reduce:

  • Acne.
  • Excessive facial hair growth.
  • The risk of cancer related to your ovaries, womb, and womb lining.

3. Contraceptive pills like Sunya are usually sold at affordable prices

If you reorder yours from an online pharmacy then you can also opt to buy an extended course.

4. Sunya is safe as long as it was prescribed to you by a nurse, doctor, or online doctor service

As long as other health conditions have been considered, Sunya will not be harmful. In many cases Sunya can improve your health. You may need to avoid using contraceptive pills if you have an increased risk of conditions like thrombosis (blood clots).

5. Sunya contains a third-generation progesterone designed to have fewer side effects

The gestodene in Sunya has less of a hormonal effect than previous generations of the Pill. This means it causes less of the related side effects like acne or weight gain.

How do I order Sunya online?

Once you’re already taking Sunya, and you plan to continue, you’ll need to start reordering your monthly supply. Doing this online is convenient and very easy.

To reorder Sunya, you usually have to create an online account on the website of a UK-registered online pharmacy. This will be useful when you have to reorder the same pills. To actually order the pills, you just need to go through a short consultation so that a doctor can approve your repeat prescription if appropriate.

Below are some answers you will need to give for your consultation:

  • If you’ve been taking the pill for over a year.

  • Whether you’ve been diagnosed with any specific conditions.

  • If you’re overweight.

  • If you’re at risk of specific conditions etc.

Remember that you should talk to a doctor before starting your first course of Sunya. They will be able to assist and inform you about the process of taking these. Your doctor might also need to schedule periodic check-ups with you to make sure any decision made is the one most suitable for you.

For example, if you had been taking another type of combination contraceptive pill then you should start taking Sunya tablets on the next day after taking the last active tablet in the previous package of contraceptive pills. You shouldn’t take it any later than the day after the usual tablet-free or placebo-tablet seven-day period of your previous pill. These are things that your doctor will be able to tell you.

What if Sunya gives me side effects?

As with all drugs, there are side effects associated with Sunya. These don’t affect everyone, and some are much more common than others.

Below are some side effects that people typically expect, or are concerned about:

  • Weight gain – there isn’t proof that the pill causes any long-term loss of gain of weight. However, when you initially start a course, it might be the case that there are temporary changes to your weight.

  • Irregular periods – this might include things like spotting, breakthrough bleeding, or missed periods. If any breakthrough bleeding doesn’t stop within the first three months of taking the pill, you should talk to your doctor. Additionally, if you see that you don't have a withdrawal bleed for two consecutive months you should do a pregnancy test before moving on to the next month's cycle.

  • Mood swings (like low mood) – mood changes, have been shown associated with hormonal contraceptive use. There is some evidence that suggests that some women may be more likely to experience depression if they use contraceptive pills.

Other common side effects you might experience include:

  • Acne.
  • Nausea.
  • Breast pain (or tenderness).
  • Vomiting.

You could experience some more serious side effects, which also happen to be less common, and which include:

  • Jaundice (when the whites of your eyes or skin become yellow).
  • Sudden chest pains.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • A migraine for the first time.
  • Unusually severe migraine.
  • Any numbness of part of your body.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Difficulties with your speech.
  • Fainting, dizziness or seizures.
  • Swelling or pain in one of your legs.
  • Changes in your breasts.
  • Unusual discharge.
  • Pain during sex or in your pelvis.
  • Severe stomach pain.

Regardless of how likely side effects are, you should always inform your doctor as soon as you notice any symptoms appear, especially if they don’t go away. There aren’t any serious effects which have been reported with overdoses.

In cases where your side effects are serious, you should contact emergency services. You might even want to report the drug using the Yellow Card Scheme. Just remember that the scheme won’t give you medical advice – you should contact your doctor for that regardless of whether you report the drug.

Once you’ve sent your report, The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the manufacturer, or a medical specialist may investigate the problem depending on how serious it is. The report is recorded to help prevent similar incidents in future, even if the claim isn’t investigated. You’ll also receive a confirmation of your report and might be contacted if you need to provide more information.

Who can take Sunya?

Like every drug, Sunya isn’t suitable for everyone. Because of this, it’s really important that you give as much information about your medical status as possible during your doctor consultation.

This will include any risk factors, lifestyle details, and medications you might be taking for other conditions. After they know this, your doctor will be able to make a safe and informed decision on whether you can take Sunya.

For example, women who are breastfeeding a child under 6 weeks old shouldn’t take Sunya. This is because the hormones in the pill may affect the production of breast milk of the mother. It may also be possible that the hormones from the pill become ingested by the infant through the breast milk and, because of their immature liver which can’t metabolise the hormones, they end up with a higher than usual level of these hormones. Advice should be sought from a doctor if a breastfeeding mother wishes to start Sunya.

You also shouldn’t take Sunya if you:

  • Have ever had a blood clot or stroke or are vulnerable to them because of family history, medications being taken, or some lifestyle factors.

  • Have a higher than normal blood pressure (hypertension).

  • Are over 35 years of age and are a heavy smoker.

  • Are over 50 years old.

  • Have severe diabetes.

  • Get migraines with aura.

  • Have breast cancer or a family history of it.

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