The Contraceptive Pill, often simply referred to as “the Pill”has been described by some as the most significant medical advance of the 20th century. It has liberated millions of women from the fear of unwanted pregnancy since it was developed by American biologist Dr Gregory Pincus and introduced in the UK in 1961. Due to social mores operating at the time, it was initially introduced for married women only. Nowadays over 3 million women take the Pill annually. Successive refinements of the pill have reduced side-effects, and introduced a wider range of pills so that the chances are that you can find a pill that is safe, and suitable for you.
The contraceptive pill is a powerful, reliable way to stop unplanned pregnancy – effective in an estimated 99% of cases. Providing that the medicine is safe for your use (which we can usually determine from a short on-line questionnaire) you can now order the contraceptive pill online for ongoing peace of mind
Of course you may already be happy with your choice of contraceptive pill, and simply want to re-order without the hassle of going to your GP. Alternatively, you be wanting to try one of the newer pills which are increasingly restricted by the NHS on cost grounds. Whatever your reason, our doctors are here to help. To make selection and purchase of your preferred pill as quick and easy as possible, we have grouped our wide range of pills into 6 main groups:
|Normal Strength Pills – Prevents pregnancy and reduces PMT, heavy periods and period pain [Binovum, Brevinor, Loestrin 30, Marvelon, Microgynon, Norimin, Ovranette, Ovysmen, Femodene ED, Microgynon ED, Norinyl-1]|
|Low Strength Pills – Benefits of Normal Strength pill, but offers less risk of thrombosis [Femodette, Loestrin 20, Mercilon]|
|Mini Pills – Useful for breastfeeding women, and when oestrogen is not advised [Cerazette, Femulen, Micronor, Noriday]|
|TriPhasic Pills – Offers women better period cycle control [Logynon, Logynon ED, Synphase, Triadene, Trinovum]|
|New Third Generation Pills – Offers lessened weight gain and less side effects than “older” pills [Qlaira, Cilest, Yasmin, Femodene]|
|Contraceptive Pill for Acne – Used in cases where women suffer from acne or excess hair [Dianette]|
Read more about Contraceptive Pills in the sections below:
What Is The Contraceptive Pill?
For women who want to exert control over their sex lives and the possibility of falling pregnant, the contraceptive pill is a form of hormonal contraception that is the most effective option currently available.
There are two main types of contraceptive pill – the combined contraceptive pill (CCP) and the mini-pill. The combined contraceptive pill contains two hormones, oestrogen and progesterone and is clinically proven to be the most effective type of pill, used by millions of women worldwide.
As an alternative for women who smoke, older women, breastfeeding women and those with an increased sensitivity to oestrogen, the mini-pill only contains one hormone.
Across the course of her menstrual cycle, a woman will release an egg that travels to the womb. If this egg is fertilised by sperm, she will fall pregnant. If not, the unfertilised egg and womb lining are removed from the body as a period.
The combined contraceptive pill decreases the likelihood of conception in a number of ways. First, the pill prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. Then, the tablet thickens the mucus around the cervix, making it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg. Finally, the pill also makes the lining of the womb thinner, decreasing its ability to successfully accommodate an egg.
The mini-pill allows ovulation to occur and an egg to be released, but makes the cervical mucus near-impenetrable to sperm.
Some pills designed for contraception, such as Dianette, can also help with acne and periods that are very painful or heavy.
How To Take The Pill?
The correct method for taking the contraceptive pill will vary depending on the specific design of the pill. Some combined contraceptive pills need to be taken for a 21 day period followed by 7 days without the tablet, whilst others need to be taken for the full 28 days of your menstrual cycle as the tablet pack contains placebos. As with all prescription medications, you should check the instructions that accompany the specific pill that you are using.
Generally, you can start taking the pill when your period begins and within five days of this. If you take the pill at the correct time, it can be effective immediately to prevent conception. In other instances, you will need to use alternative contraception for the first seven days that you are taking the tablet.
In the case of the mini-pill, you should take the tablet every day with no break, regardless of where in your menstrual cycle you are or what happens with regard to periods. If you experience irregular bleeding whilst using the mini-pill, this does not mean that the contraception is not effective.
Which Contraceptive Pill Is Best For Me?
It is important to choose a contraceptive pill that works for you and in accordance with your lifestyle, although you can consult our doctors for additional help on this subject.
Generally, the combined contraceptive pills such as Microgynon, Dianette, Qlaira and Yasmin are preferable simply because they boast the best chance at stopping pregnancy from occurring. They also allow the body to remain in a predictable pattern of menstruation, with bleeding occurring at the same time every month. The combined contraceptive pill also allows women to take the tablet at a different time each day, without a significant change to its effectiveness.
However, some women will need to use the mini-pill, such as women over the age of 35, breastfeeding mothers and those at increased risk of blood clots. In addition, the mini-pill reduces the overall menstrual flow. Providing that you can guarantee to take the mini-pill at the same time every day – or at least within a 3 hour window – this is a suitable alternative that works for some women.