Contraceptive Pills

Contraceptive Pills

Evie Plumb ·

How Do Contraceptive Pills Work?

The Combined Pill

The Combines Pill, often referred to as just ‘the pill’ is a type of contraceptive that contains a combination of hormones – progestogen & oestrogen.

The Progestogen-Only Pill

The POP, more commonly known as the ‘mini pill’ is an alternative pill contraceptive to the combined pill for those who do not get on with Oestrogen.

What To Expect At Your Appointment?

Both of the pills need to be prescribed by a doctor.

During the appointment, you can expect the doctor to ask you a few questions regarding your medical/family history and your other medications.

They will also weigh you and take your blood pressure.

When you first start taking them, you will be given a 3 month supply and then follow up appointments and ‘pill reviews’ every 6 -12 months providing you haven’t had any issues in-between that time.

Pros Of The Combined Pill

✅ It doesnt need to be thought about during sex.
✅ No evidence that it causes you to pile on the weight.
✅ Your periods can become lighter, more regular and less sore.
✅ Certain types can improve acne.
✅ Can choose when you have your periods.

Cons Of The Combined Pill

❌ It does not protect against STIs.
❌ It may cause irregular bleeding at first or side effects like headaches, feeling sick or sore boobs.
❌ Bleeding in-between periods is common for the first few months.
❌ There's a very low risk of serious side effects, such as blood clots and cervical cancer.
❌ There may be a link between the pill and depression but more evidence needs to be done.
❌ Being sick and diarrhoea can affect how protected you are from pregnancy.

Pros Of The Progestogen Only Pill

✅ It doesn't interrupt sex.
✅ No evidence it causes weight gain.
✅ Your periods may be lighter, more regular and less pain.
✅ It can be taken by people who cannot use contraception that contains Oestrogen.
✅ No long term side effects to fertility.
✅ Can keep track of your periods.

Cons Of The Progestogen Only Pill

❌ It does not protect against STIs
❌ Bleeding in-between periods is common for the first few months.
❌ You periods can become irregular - this can die down.
❌ You have to take the POP pill around the same time every day or it may not be effective.
❌ Being sick and diarrhoea can affect how protected you are from pregnancy.
❌ Minor side effects are common like, sore boobs, nausea etc.

⚡ I am not a health professional. I am qualified in RSE but I am not a doctor. Content for this page has been drawn from the NHS website and Brook.org.uk. Please head over to these great sites for more details.

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