Greatly reducing the likelihood of becoming pregnant during sexual intercourse, Dianette is a combined oral contraceptive pill featuring two synthetic hormones. In clinical studies, this medicine works in over 99% of cases, meaning that less than one in a hundred women taking the pill will fall pregnant.
By combining the contraceptive power of the pill with barrier protection such as a condom, women can be almost completely confident that they are engaging in safe sex.
Dianette is also proven to reduce the amount of sebum on the female skin, helping to prevent acne and reduce excessive hair growth.
The menstrual cycle occurs across a 28 day cycle every month and helps the female body to prepare for becoming pregnant and carrying a baby to term. Approximately halfway through the menstrual cycle, one of the female’s two ovaries releases an egg, which can be fertilised if a sperm cell reaches the fallopian tube. If this happens, the women can become pregnant. If this does not happen, the menstrual cycle ends with a period, which removes the egg along with the womb lining.
Two hormones within the female body, oestrogen and progesterone, control the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. When a female becomes pregnant, her oestrogen and progesterone levels prevent more eggs from being released.
Dianette pills contain cyproterone acetate and ethinylestradiol, which are synthetic versions of progesterone and oestrogen respectively. These hormones prevent the body from realising an egg, cause the fluid in the neck of the womb to thicken so that sperm cannot enter, and stop the lining of the womb from thickening enough to sustain the life of an egg.
Acne and hair growth is caused by androgens, which stimulate extra sebum or grease to form on the surface of the skin. In Dianette, the synthetic hormone cyproterone acetate is also an anti-androgen, which means that it restricts the function of androgens. This means that less sebum is produced and, as a result, women using this tablet will often be able to reduce acne and hair growth.
Dianette is prescribed to most women over the age of 18 and under the age of 50, although it is not usually prescribed to smokers over the age of 35. It can also be prescribed for the treatment of acne or excessive hair growth.