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The Combined Pill AKA the Pill

The combined contraceptive pill is commonly known as the pill. It contains oestrogen and progesterone. Its really good at giving you a regular monthly cycle and reducing any pain and heavy bleeding. It also can help with pre menstrual symptoms.

Downsides:

Easily forgotten

Vomiting or diarrhea can decrease its effectiveness

Contains oestrogen which increases the risk of blood clots

The Progesterone-Only Pill AKA the Mini-Pill

The progesterone only pill is also taken by mouth. It contains one hormone progesterone; this means it can be taken by women who have medical contraindications to oestrogen. This is the main benefit of the progesterone only pill because it can be taken by people who are breast-feeding or by older women who smoke.

Downsides:

Easily forgotten

Vomiting or diarrhea can decrease its effectiveness

Irregular bleeding in some women which often settles in a few months

The Vaginal Ring

The contraceptive ring is a small plastic ring placed inside the vagina. Each ring stays in place for three weeks. This is a combined contraceptive so it contains oestrogen and progesterone. Because it’s combined you tend to have a regular monthly period and not such a light period.

Downsides:

Contains oestrogen which increases the risk of blood clots and strokes

Possible increase of vaginal discharge

Expensive so GP may only prescribe after other contraceptives have been tried

The Patch

The contraceptive patch is a combined contraceptive; this means that it combines oestrogen and progesterone. It’s a small patch that you put on your skin and replace once a week. It’s really good at regulating your periods so you have a monthly bleed, and they are usually less painful if this is an issue for you.

Downsides:

Contains oestrogen which increases the risk of blood clots and strokes

Expensive so GP may only prescribe after other contraceptives have been tried

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Published May 2013

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