Is Brevinor available over the counter?

Can you get Brevinor without a prescription?


What is Brevinor?

Brevinor is a type of combined oral contraceptive pill. It contains both oestrogen and progesterone to prevent pregnancy. If taken correctly, Brevinor is over 99% effective. You can also use Brevinor to delay your period, by taking 2-3 packs back to back. And Brevinor can help women who suffer from particularly painful or heavy periods. 


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Can you buy Brevinor over the counter in the UK?

You cannot buy Brevinor over the counter in the UK. Brevinor is only available on prescription, although once you have been prescribed Brevinor, you can order your repeat prescription from an online pharmacy such as Dr Felix. All contraceptive pills carry some risks, so it is important that you are assessed by a doctor to check that you don’t have any additional risk factors that could make the pill unsafe for you to use. It is recommended that you have a pill check every 3 months with a nurse or doctor to ensure that your risk factors have not changed. 


Alternative Treatments

Brevinor is a combined contraceptive pill and there is a large number of combined pills available in the UK. If combined pills are not suitable for you, the progesterone-only pill may be an option. But it is worth remembering that there is a number of different contraceptive options to choose from and you may find some suit you better than others. Your options include:

  • Condoms - condoms are the only form of contraception that also protects against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). However, they do not protect from external STDs, such as herpes, that is not on the penis or inside the vagina. 
  • The implant - the implant is a popular long-term method of contraception. It can last up to 3 years after it is inserted. The implant is a small rod that is placed under the skin on your upper arm. It slowly releases progesterone to help prevent pregnancy. 
  • The IUS - The IUS (intrauterine system) is a T-shaped device inserted into the uterus. It must be fitted by a doctor. It releases progesterone and can last for 3-5 years depending upon the brand of the device you use.
  • The IUD - IUDs (intrauterine devices) are similar to the IUS, but they do not release progesterone. Instead, they contain copper, which is why they are also known as the copper coil. IUDs are the longest acting contraceptive method, being effective for 5-10 years. They can also be used as an emergency contraceptive, to prevent pregnancy if you have recently had unprotected sex. 
  • Vaginal rings - NuvaRing and other vaginal rings can be used to prevent pregnancy. They last for one month and then they need to be replaced, but unlike other long-acting methods of contraception, they do not need to be fitted by a doctor, you can insert them yourself. 
  • Contraceptive patches - Contraceptive patches, known under the Evra brand name in the UK, slowly release hormones into the bloodstream over the course of a week. You change the patch every week, but it is waterproof so should not come off in the shower or when swimming. You use patches for three weeks then have one week without the patch. This is similar to combined contraceptive pills, where you have a pill-free week during which you have your period. 
  • Contraceptive injection - Contraceptive injections such as Depo-provera are another option for long-term contraception. Depending on the brand of injection you are given, it will last for 8 to 13 weeks. 
  • Natural family planning/contraceptive apps - Recently, there have been a number of different contraceptive apps coming on the market. These are used to help you with natural family planning. Natural family planning involves monitoring your menstrual cycle and the days on which you are most fertile. This allows you to abstain from sex when you are most likely to get pregnant. This method can be up to 99% effective when used perfectly, but it is easy to make mistakes. Natural family planning requires you to monitor your body temperature and vaginal fluids, which can take you a while to get used to. In addition, stress, illness and travel can also affect your cycle making natural family planning less accurate. Some women do find natural family planning to be the best option for them, but it is important that you are aware of how it can go wrong. 

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