Oral Contraception (“the pill”) is a tablet containing female hormones that is taken in order to prevent pregnancy.
There are two types of oral contraceptive pills; the combined oral contraceptive pill (COC) and the progestogen-only pill (POP).
There are a number of different types of pills available, which contain different amounts of hormones depending on the particular pill.
Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill 1-4
- Contain a combination of two hormones, oestrogen & progestogen and protects against pregnancy by preventing ovulation or the release of an egg each month
- Can be up to 99% effective when taken correctly and consistently
- If you forget to take your pill within 12 hours it may not be effective
Progestogen-only Pill 5,6
- Contains just one hormone, progestogen & no oestrogen and protects against pregnancy by thickening the mucus in the cervix, which stops sperm reaching an egg
- Stop ovulation and prevent fertilisation
- Can be up to 99% effective when taken at the same time every day
- If you forget to take your POP pill within 12 hours, it may not be effective
- Other POPs have a 3hour missed pill window, please refer to the patient information leaflet contained inside your pill packet
- Taken consistently for 28 days with no pill free break
- Elvina SPC
- Elvinette SPC
- Azalia SPC
- Violite SPC
- Azalia SPC
- Cerazette SPC