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Oral Contraception

Oral Contraceptive pills, also known as the pill, are the most popular form of regular contraception available and have been proven to be almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy. For over 3.5 million women worldwide they are the preferred form of contraception.

In the UK alone there are around 30 different brands of contraceptive pills to choose from, with different women preferring one brand over another for their circumstances. Many of the contraceptive pills available can be used to treat painful periods, heavy periods, premenstrual syndrome and endometriosis. Diannette is also known to be effective in controlling bad cases of acne in women.

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Microgynon 30 is a combined oral contraceptive pill produced by Bayer, also known as ‘the Pill’. It is used to prevent pregnancy. Microgynon 30 is a 21-day Pill – you take one tablet each day for 21 days, followed by 7 days when you take no tablets.

Microgynon medication packs


Rigevidon tablets are a hormonal contraception commonly referred to as “the pill” or combined oral contraceptive pill. Rigevidon is used primarily used for contraception, i.e. preventing pregnancy.

Rigevidon medication pack


Cerazette is an estrogen-free, progestogen-only oral contraceptive pill. A popular version of the mini-pill, this widely used mode of contraception has a 97-99% success rate, when used correctly. Because it contains only one type of synthetic female hormone, the Cerazette tablet provides women who are particularly sensitive to oestrogen with a trusted method of contraception.

Cerazette medication packs


Cilest tablets are a highly effective type of hormonal contraception commonly known as ‘the pill’ or combined oral contraceptive pill. Cilest contains two types of female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones prevent an egg being released from your ovaries so you can’t get pregnant. Also, Cilest makes the fluid (mucus) in your cervix thicker which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb. The two active ingredients in Cilest are ethinylestradiol and norgestimate. These are synthetic versions of the naturally occurring female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.

Cilest medication packs


Gedarel is a Monophasic 21 day contraceptive pill, it contains synthetic versions of the naturally occurring hormones; progestogens and oestrogens. Gedarel helps to make it harder for the sperm to penetrate the womb and to reduce the chance of a fertilised egg implanting in the womb. If taken correctly Monophasic 21 Day contraceptive pills are over 99% successful at preventing pregnancy

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Frequently asked questions about oral contraception

  • How does oral contraception work?

    Oral contraception is very effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy and they are the most successful form of contraception available.

    The pill is easy to take and it must be taken at the same time daily. Most pills require a full month of use, a pill daily for three weeks followed by a week’s break, before they can be relied upon for birth control. A woman will take the pill at the start of her menstrual cycle. The effectiveness of the pill is affected if a woman does not use it correctly.

    Most contraceptive pills use a combination of oestrogen and progestogen, which is why it is often referred to as the combined pill, and it protects against pregnancy in the following ways:

    • Thickening the mucus in the cervix, making it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg
    • Altering the lining of the womb and making it less prone to allow an egg to embed itself and commence development
    • Preventing ovulation during the menstrual cycle
  • Other uses for oral contraception

    Oral contraception can also be prescribed for a variety of health reasons in addition to being used for effective contraception. Further uses include making bleeds regular, lighter and less painful; reducing the risk of cancer to the ovaries, colon and breasts by up to 35% and protecting against pelvic inflammatory disease.

  • Oral contraceptive pills from PrivateDoc

    You can take control of your contraceptive measures by completing an online consultation today at PrivateDoc. Our service is completely confidential and secure and you will only be prescribed medication when it is safe to do so.

    PrivateDoc consultations are free and you are under no obligation to buy any medication that is prescribed. For you convenience we allow you to pre pay for your medication when you submit your personal consultation, this is not an order and you will not be charged until the doctor authorises a prescription.

    You should always take additional precautions with a new partner as the use oral contraceptive pills does not protect you from the risks of unprotected sex such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.

  • Can birth control pills affect your Cholesterol?

    Birth control pills are widely acknowledged as effective and safe for the majority of women. However, according to recent research conducted by Planned Parenthood, combined oestrogen and progestogen contraceptive pills provide other benefits.

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