Contraceptives

What are contraceptive pills?

The contraceptive pill is a form of birth control used by women at risk of unwanted pregnancies. The combined pill can also be used by those who need contraception but suffer symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and acne. It is also referred to as “the pill”.

The mini-pill contains lab-made version of the hormone progesterone and the combined pill contains lab-made versions of progesterone.

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What are contraceptive pills?

The contraceptive pill is a form of birth control used by women at risk of unwanted pregnancies. The combined pill can also be used by those who need contraception but suffer symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and acne. It is also referred to as “the pill”.

The mini-pill contains lab-made version of the hormone progesterone and the combined pill contains lab-made versions of progesterone.

What is the most common contraceptive pill?

The most commonly prescribed combined or mini-pills in the UK is dependent on your location however they are Rigevidon, Ovranette, Microgynon, Yasmin, Cilest, Loestrin and Mercilon.

As described above, there are 2 different types of oral contraceptive pills available, the first one being the combined pill. It contains oestrogen and progestogen which work in 3 different ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies. They thicken the fluid in your cervix (making it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb), preventing the release of an egg from the ovaries, and they prevent the womb lining from thickening enough to facilitate the growth of an egg.

This multi-approach makes the combined pill a highly effective and popular form of contraception. The second type of pill is referred to as the “mini-pill”. As described above, it only contains progestogen, working in a different way to the aforementioned pull as it only prevents the sperm cell from entering the womb. Although effective, women often prefer the combined pill.

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Below is a list of contraceptive pill names:


Contraceptive Pill: Cerazette

  • Suitable for women who are breastfeeding
  • Progestogen only
  • Effective contraception

Birth Control Pill: Clairette

  • Effective form of birth control
  • Treats acne and rosacea
  • Easy to use

Contraceptive Tablet: Yasmin

  • Can decrease period pain
  • Highly effective contraceptive pill
  • Helpfully marked pill packets

Prevent Pregnancy Pill: Rigevidon

  • Up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Contains oestrogen and progestogen
  • Easy to take

Qlaira

  • Causes more regular and lighter periods
  • Effectively prevents pregnancy
  • Better menstrual control

Ovranette

  • Up to 99% effective
  • Combined contraceptive pill
  • Can regulate menstrual cycle

Noriday

  • Up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Progestogen-only pill
  • Suitable for most women, including those who are breastfeeding

Microgynon

  • Highly effective form of birth control
  • Contains oestrogen and progestogen
  • Easy to take

Mercilon

  • Regulates menstrual cycle
  • Protects against pregnancy
  • Low risk contraceptive pill

Marvelon

  • Lessens menstrual symptoms
  • Low dose combined oral contraceptive
  • Makes periods shorter and lighter

Logynon

  • Reduces menstrual symptoms
  • Prevents pregnancy
  • Colour-coded pills for ease of use

Loestrin

  • Can make periods shorter and lighter
  • Extremely low oestrogen content
  • Effective form of birth control

What are the benefits of the contraceptive pill?

Taking the contraceptive pill comes with a variety of benefits such as controlling periods and of course an uninterrupted sex life.

Many women choose the combined-pill over the mini-pill due to it’s ability to lighten periods, regulate the menstrual cycle and reduced risk of ovarian, womb and colon cancer. The combined pill, however, does cause some side effects such as mood swings, weight gain and skin problems.

The combined pill is taken for 21 days and then repeated after a 7-day break. A lot of women prefer the mini-pill as it is taken everyday which aids compliance. Because it does not contain oestrogen, there are no increased risks of blood clots either (also suitable for women who are breastfeeding). It is important to note that it is less effective compared to the alternative type of pill and can cause irregular bleeding because there is no scheduled menstruation involved.

What contraceptive options are available?

There are many brands available, all containing various amounts of synthetic versions of female sex hormones (oestrogen/progestogen). Using the safe and discreet service provided by Cloud Pharmacy, you can have the contraceptive pill of your choice delivered to your door.

FAQ

  • Are All Daily Oral Contraceptives The Same?

    No, not all oral contaceptives are the same. There are many different types of oral contraception and each one differs slightly. Your oral contraception should be taken as directed by your prescriber. If you miss doses and do not take your pill as it has been prescribed it will not be as effective and may not work. 

  • What Types of 'The Pill' Are Available?

    There are two main types of oral contraception: The combined pill (CoC), which containes two hormones, progestin and oestrogen and the progesterone only pill (PoP), often referred to as the mini pill, contains only one hormone, progesterone. Both types of oral contraception the CoC and PoP are 99% effective if taken as prescribed meaning your chances of becoming pregnant if you have unprotected sex are very low. Although you are unlikley to become pregnant, you are still likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection if you are regularly having unprotected sex with different partners. 

  • What is "The Pill"?

    Contraceptive pills are often referred to as "The Pill". Contraceptive pills consist of synthetic hormones (hormones that mimic the ones made in your body). They are composed of a synthetic type of oestrogen and progesterone. The Combined Oral Contraceptive (CoC) containes both of these hormones and the Progeterone Only Pill (PoP) (The Mini-Pill) only contains one of these hormones (progestin).

  • If I Vomit or Have Diarrhoea After Taking The Pill, What Do I Do?

    If you have severe diarrhoea or vomit 3-4 hours after taking your pill, the chances of you being protected from getting pregnant are less likely. If this does happen to you, you should take another pill within 12 hours of your episode. If you are taking the inactive pill when this happens then you do not have to take another pill to compensate.

  • How Reliable is Oral Contraception?

    If your dose is taken as prescribed and then the pill is one of the most reliable forms of contraception when it comes to protecting you against pregnancy. The pill is 99% effective at preventing pregnancies if taken appropriately, however it does not protect against STI's meaning if you are having sex with different partners, barrier contraception should still be used.

  • How Hard is it to Remember to Take Oral Contraception?

    If you manage to adopt a regular routine of taking your pill as soon as you get up, you are less likely to forget. If you do find that you are more likely to forget then it is best to set reminders on your phone. Alternatively there are many apps avaialbe for android and iOS such as myPill that can help you to remember to take your pill. 

  • Do I Have to Take My Pill at The Same Time Everyday?

    Routine is imperative when you start taking oral contraception. The time of day you take the pill does not matter, however if you should pick to take it in the morning, afternoon or night time- whatever time you decide to choose you must be consistent with it and continue to take it during this period of time every day. 

  • Can I Still Have Sex During The 4 or 7-Day Break?

    It is safe to have sex during the the break if you have been taking your pill properly as prescribed. If you are having regular unprotected sex during this time you should be vigilant to start your next pack or strip on time and to make sure you are taking your pill properly. 

  • I Have Not Had My Period And I Have Been Taking My Pill as Prescribed, am I Pregnant?

    It is important to understand that if you have been taking your pill on time everyday as directed by your prescriber then the chances of you being pregnant are extremely low. If you are not getting your period whilst taking the pill then there is a chance that the lining of the womb has not formed enough for it to be released, if you continue to not see any bleeding or have a period for 2 months or more than you should contact your prescriber for investigation. 

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