There are different types of contraceptive pill in the UK you should know about before choosing one. The combined contraceptive pill, commonly referred to as ‘the pill’, is one of the most popular types of contraception currently used in the UK. It contains a synthetic version of 2 hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) which are naturally produced in the ovaries. This prevents pregnancy by stopping the ovaries releasing an egg. It also thickens the mucus at the neck of the womb making it harder for sperm to reach an egg and thins the lining of the womb to reduce the chances of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb. The pill is taken once a day for 21 days followed by a 7 day break when no pills are required. Women are advised to have their blood pressure checked before starting, then again within the first 6 months of starting and once a year after this.
The ‘mini pill’ is a popular alternative to the combined pill for women over 35 or with certain medical conditions which prevent them from using the combined pill. It contains progesterone only, which makes it suitable for those unable to take oestrogen. Similar to the combined pill, the mini pill prevents pregnancy by thickening the mucus in the neck of the womb making it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg. It can also stop the ovaries releasing an egg although not as effectively or consistently as the combined pill. The mini pill is taken once a day every day with no 7 day break.
You can order a 3 to 6 month supply online without seeing your regular doctor from Dr Felix and have your contraceptive pill posted in discreet packaging to your doorstep.