Qlaira is a combined oral
contraceptive, commonly known
as a ‘birth control pill’ or ‘the
Qlaira is used to prevent
pregnancy. It is also used for the
treatment of heavy and/or
prolonged menstrual bleeding
(not caused by any underlying
disease) in women who wish to
use oral contraception.
While taking Qlaira you may also
experience the following
• More regular and lighter
periods – potentially resulting
in a decrease in anaemia (iron
• a decrease in period pain
Some conditions such as pelvic
inflammatory disease, ovarian
cysts, ectopic pregnancy (where
the foetus is carried outside of
your womb), lumpy breasts and
cancer of the uterus (womb) and
ovaries may be less common in
women taking Qlaira.
Qlaira contains two female sex
hormones called estradiol
valerate (an estrogen) and
dienogest (a progestogen).
The estrogen in Qlaira (estradiol
valerate) is broken down in the
body into a hormone called 17βestradiol, which is identical to the
natural estrogen produced by the
female body. The estrogen in
Qlaira is therefore different from
the synthetic estrogen (known as
ethinylestradiol) usually used in
other forms of the Pill.
When taken correctly, Qlaira
prevents you from
becoming pregnant by:
• inhibiting ovulation (egg
• changing the cervical mucus
consistency, making it more
difficult for the sperm to
reach the egg
• changing the lining of the
uterus, making it less suitable
for implantation.
When the Pill is taken by women
under close observation in
clinical trials, it is more than 99%
effective in preventing
pregnancy. However, in real life
the Pill is around 92% effective.
This is because pills might be
missed, or taken with medicines
that may interfere with their
effectiveness, or may not be
absorbed due to vomiting and
Like all oral contraceptives,
Qlaira is intended to prevent
pregnancy. It does not protect
against HIV infection (AIDS)
and other sexually transmitted
Ask your doctor if you have
any questions about why this
medicine has been prescribed
for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed
it for another reason.
When you must not take it
Do not take Qlaiira if you have
an allergy to:
• any medicine containing
estradiol valerate and/or
• any of the ingredients in
Qlaiira listed at the end of
this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an
allergic reaction may include:
• shortness of breath
• wheezing or difficulty in
• swelling of the face, lips,
tongue or other parts of the


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