Contraception

Contraception

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If you are at able to get pregnant but don’t want to be, you should be using some form of contraception. One kind is hormonal contraception, such as the pill. There are two main types of pill: the combined pill, which contains both a progestogen hormone, and a POP, which contains just the progestogen hormone. The first of these has a 7 day break - or 7 days where you take inactive pills - during which time you get your period. This is the more common of the two types. The POP is more common among older women, women who smoke, or women who have a history of migraines, blood clots of heart disease in the family. As these pills have their effect by altering your hormones, they will include side effects such as mood changes, weight gain and the risk of blood clots. Your doctor will speak to you about these risks when you are prescribed the medication. The type of pill you are allowed to take will depend on your age and you and your family's medical history.

There are two type of pill based hormonal contraception a woman can take: the CCP and the POP. These are the combined contraceptive pill and the progestogen only pill. Taken correctly, both these types of pill are highly effective and give you 99% protection against pregnancy. Bear in mind that the contraceptive pill does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections, and you should use a condom to protect against this, as well as having regular STI checks, which are available for free from your GP. Whether you take the CCP or the POP will depend on your medical history - there are several types of both pills available from iMeds.

Below are some common types of contraception. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and other non-medical methods or lifestyle changes may be more suitable. If you would like to learn more about these options, then please click here. Before receiving medication you must answer a number of questions to asses your suitability. All questions are reviewed by a GMC registered doctor before a final decision is made. All medication is dispensed via a full regulated and registered UK pharmacy.