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Our doctors can prescribe the contraceptive pill to women between 16 and 50 years old. We can prescribe the pill for you if you already take it regularly, or if you’ve never taken it before.
We ask each patient who orders from us for information about their health and lifestyle, to see whether it’s suitable for us to prescribe the pill. Find out more about how our service works.
We offer 30 different types of the contraceptive pill. Read more about the contraceptive pill and which brand might be right for you.
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There are lots of reasons you might choose to use the contraceptive pill. Some commons examples are:
When deciding on the best contraceptive pill for you, there are a few factors you and your doctor should consider:
The 2 main types of contraceptive pills are the combined pill and the mini pill. The combined pill contains forms of 2 female hormones – oestrogen and progesterone, while the mini pill only contains progesterone.
Both pill types come in different brands with varying types and amounts of oestrogen and/or progesterone.
All combined pill brands contain 21 active pills which you take over a 28 day cycle.
Some brands have just these 21 pills, so you take the pills in the packet then take no pills for 7 days, then start the next pack. Other brands have 21 active pills and 7 dummy pills, so you just take the pill every day and do not have to remember when to restart the next pack.
Different combined pill brands contain different doses of hormones:
The mini pill contains only the progesterone hormone and may be suitable for people who cannot take the combined pill. You take the mini pill every day, with no break between each pack of pills.
Each type of pill contains different amounts of hormones.
|Type of pill||Hormones|
|Cerazette||75 micrograms desogestrel|
|Cerelle||75 micrograms desogestrel|
|Cilique||250 micrograms norgestimate, 35 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Eloine||3 milligrams drospirenone, 20 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Femodene||75 micrograms gestodene, 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Femodette||75 micrograms gestodene, 20 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Gedarel||150 micrograms desogestrel, 20/30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Katya||75 micrograms gestodene, 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Levest||150 micrograms levonorgestrel, 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Lizinna||250 micrograms norgestimate, 35 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Logynon||50 micrograms levonorgestrel, 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Marvelon||150 micrograms desogestrel, 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Mercilon||150 micrograms desogestrel, 20 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Migroynon||150 micrograms levonorgestrel, 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Millinette||75 micrograms gestodene, 20/30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Norgeston||30 micrograms levonorgestrel|
|Noriday||350 micrograms norethisterone|
|Norinyl-1||1 milligram norethisterone, 50 micrograms mestranol|
|Ovranette||150 micrograms levonorgestrel, 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Qlaira||2-3 milligrams dienogest, 1-3 milligrams estradiol|
|Rigevidon||150 micrograms levonorgestrel, 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Sunya||75 micrograms gestodene, 20 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Synphase||0.5-1 milligram norethisterone, 35 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|TriRegol||50-125 micrograms levonorgestrel, 30-40 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
|Yasmin||3 milligrams drospirenone, 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol|
The possible side effects of each contraceptive pill are the same, no matter which brand you use. But the side effects each person may have will vary from person to person. A few common side effects you may experience on the contraceptive pill are:
Although many people feel like they get heavier on the pill, there’s no clear evidence that the pill can cause changes in your weight.
Generally, one pill is not more likely to cause a specific side effect compared to another, and the side effects experienced may differ between people. But the mini pill tends to cause irregular bleeding for the first 3 months, after which most people stop having periods at all.
Doctors usually suggest trying a pill brand to see if it suits you. And then trying others if it does not.
There are serious risks that have been linked with taking the pill, such as:
Yasmin is a combined pill which has a higher risk of blood clots. Combined pills Levest, Microgynon, Rigevidon and Ovranette have a lower risk of causing blood clots, in comparison. Pills with a higher amount of oestrogen have been linked to a higher risk of blood clots, but other factors like the amount and type of progesterone in the pill, lifestyle choices and medical history also affect these risks.
Your doctor will discuss all possible risks with you before you start taking the contraceptive pill. A doctor will not start you on certain types of contraceptive pills if the risk is too high.
When taken correctly at the same time daily, the pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. This means about 1 in 100 people who use the pill will get pregnant in a year, so there is still a very small chance of getting pregnant even if you use the pill as instructed.
In reality, people do not always take the pill correctly, so its effectiveness is actually about 91%. Some of these reasons are:
You should take your contraceptive pill at the same time every day. But, exactly how you should take the pill will depend on its type and brand. For example:
Some pills have a strict time frame of when you need to take them every day, while others have a more flexible way of taking them. When going on the pill, you should discuss with your doctor which option is best suited to your lifestyle.
Generally, the contraceptive pill should work effectively after taking it for 7 days, no matter which day of your period you start.
For the combined pill and the mini pill, if you start on day 1 to 5 of your period, the pill should start working immediately without the need for an additional form of contraception.
If you start outside these days, you should use another form of contraception, like condoms, for the first 7 days of taking the combined pill, or the first 2 days of taking the mini pill.
You can get the contraceptive pill for free from your GP, or online from providers like Superdrug Online Doctor.
Some benefits of getting the contraceptive pill online from Superdrug Online Doctor are that:
we offer the full range of UK pill brands
you do not have to visit the GP
you can pick up your pill within 4 hours of ordering or have it delivered to you by the next day
you can get advice from a doctor whenever you need it
The main ways the contraceptive pill works to prevent pregnancy are by:
The hormones in the contraceptive pill can cause many side effects but may also help with improving acne, or making periods lighter and less painful. Some people take the pill for these reasons alone, and not for preventing pregnancy.
It’s always best to discuss your options with your doctor first before you start the pill, to help you choose the best contraceptive pill for you.
Apart from contraceptive pills, other forms of contraception you can use are:
Combined pill (2020) Contraception Choices [accessed on 6 July 2020]
Contraception – combined hormonal methods (2020) NICE [accessed on 5 July 2020]
Contraception – progestogen-only methods (2020) NICE [accessed on 5 July 2020]
Contraceptives, hormonal (2020) NICE [accessed on 6 July 2020]
How effective is contraception at preventing pregnancy? (2020) NHS [accessed on 6 July 2020]
Mini pill (2020) Contraception Choices [accessed on 6 July 2020]
Recent Oral Contraceptive Use by Formulation and Breast Cancer Risk among Women 20 to 49 Years of Age (2014) Cancer Research [accessed on 6 July 2020]
Switching or Starting Methods of Contraception (2020) FSRH [accessed on 6 July 2020]
The progestogen-only pill (2018) NHS [accessed on 5 July 2020]
Your contraception guide (2018) NHS [accessed on 6 July 2020]
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