• Katya

Katya Pill

Medication features

  • Over 99% effective when taken correctly
  • Just one Katya pill daily


Buy Katya Contraceptive Pill Online

You may request to buy Katya contraception pills online through our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service. Simply fill out an online assessment and our doctors will review the request and pass a prescription onto the pharmacy if appropriate. The pharmacy will then dispense and dispatch your order right to your door.

What is Katya?

Katya 30/75 is a combined contraceptive pill containing two active ingredients, Ethinylestradiol/ Gestodene. Like all combined hormonal contraceptives these ingredients are based on the body’s natural hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which control the menstrual cycle.

How does Katya work?

Combined pills like the Katya pill work in two ways to prevent pregnancy. The oestrogen Gestodene prevents the release of an egg providing one method of protection. The progesterone Ethinylestradiol thickens the cervical mucus which restricts sperm movement around the cervix, a further method for preventing pregnancy.

How to use Katya?

Take one tablet every day sequentially for 21 days per 28-day cycle. After the 21 tablet sheet is finished, take a 7-day break in tablets. This is when the withdrawal bleed occurs, much like a period but not a period. The withdrawal bleed typically happens 2-3 days after finishing the 21 pills. After this seven day break in pills finishes, begin the next 21-day tablet sheet even if you still have some breakthrough bleeding.

Is Katya effective?

When taken correctly, combined oral contraceptives have a 99.7% effectiveness in preventing pregnancy over the course of 1-year of use. If you miss pills or fail to take them within 12 hours of your usual time, the effectiveness may reduce. Follow the directions for missed pills provided in the patient information leaflet if you ever accidentally miss your contraceptive pill.

What Alternatives are there for Katya?

There are many alternatives for this pill and contraceptives in general. Contraceptive pills and alternative options should be discussed with your GP before you switch, as some may need to be taken differently to Katya. For the full range of contraceptive pills available you can check our contraceptive pill page.

Which Contraception is Suitable for Me?

Katya Pill Summary


Take ONE tablet at the same time each day for 21 days then take a 7-day break in tablets every 28 days


Prevents ovulation and thickens cervical mucus

Active Ingredients

30mcg Ethinylestradiol & 75mcg Gestodene



Side Effects

Can include headaches, fluid retention, weight changes, migraines


What are the side effects of the Contraceptive Pill?

While side effects are usually uncommon and mild in nature, it is best to be aware of any that may occur. Some of the most common side effects include mood swings, headaches, nausea, and breast tenderness.  

For a full list of side effects and more information, you can read the NHS Choices site on contraception. Alternatively, see the patient information leaflet for your pill.

What are the advantages of the Combined Oral Contraceptive?

The combined oral contraceptive can help to make periods lighter, less painful and more regular. When taken correctly the combined pill is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It can also help reduce the risk of womb and ovarian cancer.

What are the disadvantages of the Combined Oral Contraceptive?

The combined oral contraceptive can cause side effects including breast pain, spotting, and nausea. Other side effects such as headaches and mood swings are also common.

What are the advantages of the Progesterone only contraceptive?

One advantage of the progestogen-only pill is that it has a lower likelihood of side effects because it does not contain oestrogen. It can also be used by women who are unable to take oestrogen. Women who are breastfeeding can take the progestogen-only pill at the same time.

What are the disadvantages of the Progesterone only contraceptive?

The mini pill has to be taken at the same time every day. If you are more than 3 hours late (or 12 hours for the desogestrel pill), it may not be effective. It may cause periods to be irregular, they may stop altogether or get more frequent.

Which pill is right for me?

Prescribers will take a thorough medical history before choosing the right contraceptive pill for you. For most people, the combined contraceptive pill works best. For those who are over 35, smoke, suffer from migraine or have other risk factors, the progesterone-only pill may be more suitable. Talk to your doctor to discuss the best course of action for contraception.

Am I protected against pregnancy straight away?

Some pills, if taken correctly, will provide protection immediately, while others take time to provide contraceptive cover. Refer to the patient information leaflet of your pill to find out when you are protected on your pill.

Do I still need to use a condom?

Although you will be covered against pregnancy with the pill, it is always advised to use a condom. This is to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea. No contraceptive pill will protect against sexually transmitted infections.

I forgot to take my pill – what should I do?

You should always take your pill around the same time each day to ensure maximum contraceptive cover. Different pills vary in the amount of time you can delay your dose. Always refer to your prescribed medication’s patient information leaflet to find more detailed information relating to missed doses.

Where can I get the contraceptive pill in the UK?

In the UK, you should speak to a GP or visit a sexual health clinic if you would like to get the contraceptive pill prescribed. This is free via the NHS.

You can order the contraceptive pill online from Simple Online Pharmacy if you have already been prescribed it by your doctor. You must complete a medical assessment form for our doctors to review. They can use this to make sure it is safe and suitable for you to take. We offer delivery (including next working day options) via the Royal Mail. 

Content Reviewed: 14/01/2021


Side Effects

Katya Side effects

Most combined oral contraceptives will have shared side effects as active ingredients are similar and hormonal in nature. It should be noted that not everyone will experience side effects.

Common (may affect 1 in 10) side effects for this combined pill are:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Weight gain
  • Fluid retention
  • Bleeding and spotting between periods (typically stops after 3 months)

Uncommon (may affect 1 in 100) side effects are:

  • High blood pressure

For a full list of possible side effects, you should read the patient information leaflet.

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medicine you should read the patient information leaflet.


Although rare, combined oral contraceptive pills can increase the risk of blood clots. You must seek urgent medical attention if you notice the signs of a possible blood clot.

Although the rate of being protected from pregnancy is over 99% when taken properly, it is common that pills are forgotten, missed or not absorbed properly. This lowers the effectiveness of the medicine and increases the risk of pregnancy. You should be aware of the risks and take the additional necessary steps to avoid pregnancy if contraceptive coverage is lost.

There have been reports of slightly increased rates of breast cancer among those who started taking Katya. It is not established whether this is due to combined oral contraceptives or due to increased rates of checking for cancer among those taking a contraceptive. Any breast lumps should be investigated by a doctor as soon as possible if noticed.

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