would recommend this method to other women

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It’s brilliant

I’m happy with it

It’s ok - does the trick

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, United Kingdom, 01/01/2019



Dianette is a combined contraceptive pill, that is often prescribed to women who want to control acne or excessive hair growth. While it is also a contraceptive, it is rarely prescribed to women who are not experiencing skin or hair growth problems. Since it can also help in regulating periods, it can also be prescribed to women experiencing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Since it is not designed to purely be a contraceptive, Dianette is not as widely available to women unless prescribed for skin or hair growth issues.

Dianette contains cypoterone, which is an anti-androgen. This means it prevents the overproduction of the acne-causing sebum and excessive hair growth in women. It also contains a synthetic version of oestrogen, called ethinylestradiol.

Cyproterone is an anti-androgen which prevents overproduction of sebum and excessive hair growth in women. Ethinylestradiol is a synthetic version of oestrogen.

Do you want to know more about how pills work?  Read more here.

If you intend to use Dianette as a contraceptive, you need to make sure that you use it consistently and correctly, and follow the instructions provided by your doctor.

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Key facts about Dianette

  • The pill is 99% effective, only when it is taken correctly (which is usually the tricky part)
  • The pill works by preventing the release of an egg each month (so there’s nothing for any sperm to fertilise)
  • With this method, It is advised to talk to your doctor if you’ve just given birth or are breastfeeding
  • Some antibiotics may affect the effectiveness of the combined pill – always read the label of your medication and ask your doctor (there’s more info here on that topic)
  • Dianette is not widely available to use solely as a contraceptive. Ask your doctor for more details

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