Hana is an oral contraceptive pill for women. It's a progestogen only pill, or POP - meaning it doesn’t contain the hormone oestrogen. You may also see Hana referred to as desogestrel.
Hana prevents pregnancy by thickening the mucus in the cervix to stop sperm reaching an egg. It can also stop ovulation (an egg being released from the ovary). When taken correctly, Hana is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
For Hana to work well, you’ll need to take it correctly every day. Hana doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To be protected against STIs, you’ll need to use another form of contraception as well, such as condoms.
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Hana is a daily contraceptive pill for women that doesn't require a prescription. There are no pill-free breaks when taking Hana. Once you've finished one 28 day strip, you'll start your next strip of tablets the following day.
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Swallow one tablet whole, at the same time every day. Days of the week and arrows are printed on your pill packet, to help you. Talk to your local Well pharmacist or other health professional if you're not sure how to take your tablets correctly.
Continue to take one tablet each day, until the strip of 28 tablets is empty. Once you’ve finished a strip, start the next one straight away the next day, with no breaks. If you do have any menstrual bleeding while taking Hana, continue to take your tablets each day, as normal.
When you start Hana will depend on whether or not you’re already using contraception and what type of contraception you’ve been using before.
When you start taking Hana may also be different if you’ve recently had a baby, a miscarriage or an abortion. You can find out more about when to start taking Hana on the Patient Information Leaflet.
If you forget to take your pill at your usual time, take it as soon as you can. If it’s been less than 36 hours since you took your last pill, your pill will still work and you won’t need to do anything else. If it’s been more than 36 hours, you’ll need to take extra steps to make sure you’re protected from pregnancy:
only take one pill, even if you’ve missed more than one
carry on taking your pills at your usual time
use an additional method of contraception, such as condoms, for the next two days
if you’ve had unprotected sex since your missed pill, you might need emergency contraception.
The most commonly reported side effects from taking Hana include:
irregular menstrual bleeding (periods)
acne (spots and changes to the skin)
nausea (feeling sick)
Talk to your local Well pharmacist or GP if you experience any side effects after taking Hana, or if you have any concerns about possible side effects. Find out more about the common possible side effects when taking Hana.
We can check your suitability for Hana contraception and process your order online with our free, private consultation service.
Hana is available to women over 16. Our private, online consultation service is free and checks whether Hana is suitable for you. The questions we ask in your consultation are designed and approved by our pharmacy team. This means you get the same service online as you would in one of our stores. Start your consultation now.
It’s normal to try a range of different methods of contraception before you find one that works well for you. Find out more about other common contraceptives.
In some cases, Hana won't be a suitable method of contraception. Do not start taking Hana if:
there's a chance you might be pregnant
you have a thrombosis or blood clot
you have jaundice (yellowing of the skin) or have had this in the past
you have cancer
Speak to your local Well pharmacist or your doctor if you have any of these conditions before taking Hana, or about any other health concerns you may have.
The progestogen-only pill | nhs.uk | Published December 21, 2017 | Accessed October 5, 2020.https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/the-pill-progestogen-only
Hana 75 microgram film coated tablets - Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) - (emc) | Accessed July 21, 2021.https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.12735.pdf
Hana 75 microgram film coated tablets - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (emc) | Accessed January 20, 2021.https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/12735/smpc