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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    Cerazette
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    Microgynon
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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.

Cerelle

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Cerazette

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75mcg x84 £19.99
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Rigevidon

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Qlaira

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Noriday (Norethisterone)

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Microgynon

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30/150mcg x63 £19.99
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Loestrin 20

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Loestrin 30

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Femodene

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Yasmin

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3mg/30mcg x63 £34.99
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