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We deliver medications between Monday and Saturday. You can upgrade to Saturday delivery on Friday.

My Order Hasn’t Arrived What Should I Do?

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You can pay for your order using credit, debit card and bank transfer.

Card Payment: Please notify us that you wish to cancel your order. Your refund will show available In 1 - 3 days.

Bank Transfer: A member of our team will contact you requesting for your bank details. These details are only used to transfer the funds back into your account.

Treatment Information

Table of contents

What is Hana?

Hana is one of the first contraceptive pills to be available over the counter without a prescription from a clinician. You will need to have a short consultation with a pharmacist to ensure Hana is right for you, but the process is simple and convenient - no need to wait for an appointment with your GP.

Hana contains one active ingredient, desogestrel, a man-made version of progestogen, making it a progestogen-only or mini pill. Therefore, Hana is a good option for women who may not be able to use the combined pill, perhaps because they have high blood pressure or are over 35 and smoke.

How does Hana work?

The mini pill releases progestogen and works to prevent pregnancy by:

  • Stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation)
  • Thickening the cervical mucous to make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg
  • Thinning the womb lining so that a fertilised egg cannot attach itself to it

How to take Hana

Hana is supplied in strips of 28 tablets and each tablet is marked with the day of the week you should take it.

To take Hana, you should:

  • Swallow one Hana tablet whole, at the same time each day, with a glass of water, starting with the corresponding day on the top line of the strip. For example, if you take the first tablet on a Monday, take the tablet that corresponds with Monday on the top row.
  • Never skip a tablet. You should take one tablet every day, even if you have a bleed or spotting.
  • Continue taking one tablet each day until the pack is empty. You should follow the direction of the arrows printed on the strip.
  • When the pack is empty, start a new pack of Hana pills the next day. You do not take a break or wait for a bleed while taking the Hana pill.

What to do if you miss a Hana dose

If you forget to take the Hana contraceptive pill, what you should do will depend on when you should have taken the missed pill.

  • If you should have taken Hana less than 12 hours ago you should take the delayed pill straight away and take the next pill as usual, even if that means taking two Hana pills on the same day. Your protection from pregnancy should not be affected.
  • If you should have taken the Hana pill more than 12 hours ago you should take the most recently missed pill right away. If you have missed any earlier pills in the strip, you should leave them, do not take them. You should then take your next pills as usual, even if that means taking two pills in one day. You will need to use condoms for the next 7 days.

If you need further guidance, the Hana patient information leaflet is a useful place to start.

How effective is Hana?

NHS Inform99% but real-life use means it is closer to 92% effective
The Lancet20.1% increase in women using effective over-the-counter progestogen-only pills
Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association97% effective against stopping ovulation

Is Hana safe?

Hana is well tolerated by many women, but it may not be suitable for everyone. That’s why one of our clinicians will assess you, via your answers to an online medical questionnaire, to see if the Hana pill is appropriate for you.

Hana side effects

Hana side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Changes in menstrual bleeding
  • Breast tenderness
  • Mood changes
  • Weight changes
  • Decreased libido

Who can’t take Hana?

You should not take Hana if you:

  • are or think you might be pregnant
  • are allergic to desogestrel or any other ingredients in the Hana pill
  • have unexplained vaginal bleeding between periods or after having sex
  • have liver disease or jaundice
  • have a blood clot in your legs or lungs
  • have breast, ovarian or endometrial cancer

If any of these apply to you, our clinicians may suggest a different mini pill, such as Noriday. Some women may also be better suited to the combined contraceptive pill.

You should also let our clinicians know if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you have ever had breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer
  • If you have ever had a blood clot
  • If you have high blood pressure
  • If you have epilepsy
  • If you are diabetic
  • If you have tuberculosis
  • If you have liver problems, including liver cancer
  • If you have ever had chloasma

It is also important to let the clinicians know if you currently take any other medications, including prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medicines because these may affect the effectiveness of the Hana pill.

Are there any risks associated with taking Hana?

There are some risks linked to the Hana pill. Some research has shown that taking a mini pill slightly increases the risk of breast cancer. However, the risk falls when you stop taking the mini pill, similar results have also been seen in the combined pill.

The risk of blood clots is increased in any woman who takes a contraceptive pill, combined or mini. The risk of getting a blood clot while taking a mini pill, like Hana, is believed to be lower than if you use a combined pill, but further research is needed to confirm this.

What alternatives to Hana are available?

There are other mini pills available which contain the same active ingredient, desogestrel, and in the same 75 microgram (mcg) dose as Hana, such as:

Noriday is another example of a mini pill but contains a different type of man-made progesterone as its active ingredient, norethisterone. All mini pills work to prevent pregnancy in the same way, but some women may find different progesterone suits them better, for example, it may cause fewer side effects.

If the mini pill is not right for you, then a combined pill may be a better option. Combined oral contraceptive pills contain two hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.

Some of the combined pills available from Prescription Doctor are:

We also offer other types of hormonal contraception, such as:

Can I buy Hana online?

Yes, the Hana daily contraceptive pill is available online from Prescription Doctor. You will need to complete a short online questionnaire so that one of our clinicians can assess to see if Hana is suitable for you.


Cancer Research UK, (2023). Does the contraceptive pill increase risk of cancer?

Hana, (2024). Is the Hana contraceptive pill suitable for me?

Hana patient information leaflet, (no date). Hana 75 microgram film-coated tablets.

NHS Inform, (2022). Progestogen-only pill (mini pill).

NIH, (2022). The efficacy, acceptability and continuation of postpartum, post-abortive progestin-only pill: a pioneering prospective multicentric study from Turkey.

NIH, (2011). Hormonal Contraception and Thrombotic Risk: A Multidisciplinary Approach.

The Lancet, (2020). Use of effective contraception following provision of the progestogen-only pill for women presenting to community pharmacies for emergency contraception (Bridge-It): a pragmatic cluster-randomised crossover trial.

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Hana
  • Active Ingredient(s): Progestogen
  • Manufacturer: Hana
  • Description: The mini pill releases progestogen and works to prevent pregnancy
  • Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Pills
  • Available Strength: One patch is applied weekly for three weeks
  • Application: Women over 18
  • Dosage: Hana is supplied in strips of 28 tablets and each tablet is marked with the day of the week you should take.
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Do not take when pregnant. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
  • When Breastfeeding: Do not take when breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
Click here to view the Hana - Patient Information Leaflet

Authored By


Leanne Edermaniger

Medical Content Writer
Leanne is a science and health content writer focusing on human health and biology while utilising her solid academic background.

Published on: 22/04/2024

Reviewed By

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Reviewed on: 22/04/2024
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