Oral contraceptive pills are the most popular and widely used form of contraception. Countless clinical studies have proven that they are over 99% effective when taken correctly, and over 3.5 million women in Britain choose to prevent pregnancy by using contraceptive pills.
There are so many different types of oral contraceptives - almost 30, to be exact - that youíll be able to find a pill that suits you and doesnít cause any side effects.
HealthExpress offers a wide range of pills, including the popular Yasmin, Dianette and Microgynon contraceptives, and provides extensive information about each one, helping you to find the contraceptive that best suits your body.
We also offer alternatives to the pill - the contraceptive ring and patch - which work in the same way and are equally as effective, but administer hormones in a very different way.
You can find out more about our full range of hormonal contraceptive treatments here. When you feel you understand each option well enough to choose, you may be able to buy a contraceptive online if you complete an online consultation. This will be reviewed by one of our registered doctors who will check itís safe for you to use, before writing you a prescription.
What are the benefits of oral contraception?
Oral contraceptives are proven to be over 99% effective by numerous clinical trials, which makes the pill one of the most successful forms of contraception available. Using the contraceptive pill is simple and easy; you just swallow one pill at the same time each day and youíre able to enjoy sex without worrying about pregnancy.
Every pill is different, which means that how your body responds to one pill will be different to how another pill affects you. There are around 30 different types of pills that all have different benefits and side effects, which means youíll be able to find one that suits your body, though it may take a few attempts. Some of the benefits of contraceptive pills include:
- Improved acne
- Less painful periods
- Lighter periods
- Improved premenstrual syndrome
- Improved endometriosis
How does oral contraception work?
Most oral contraceptives contain artificial oestrogen and progestogen, which work together to alter the environment of the reproductive system in such a way that itís almost impossible to conceive. This is done in three key ways: oestrogen prevents ovulation, so thereís no egg waiting to be fertilised; progestogen thickens the cervical mucous, so sperm struggle to reach the womb; and progestogen also stops the womb lining from thickening, so the egg canít implant and develop.
What types of contraceptive pill are there?
There are four main types of oral contraception:
These are the most common pills and contain both oestrogen and progestogen. Youíll take one pill for 21 days of your cycle, followed by a seven-day break. During this week youíll probably experience a withdrawal bleed, and youíll still be protected from pregnancy. Microgynon and Cilest are two examples of monophasic pills.
Phasic pills contain different doses of hormones in the pack. Biphasic pills have two different doses, and triphasic have three different doses. You take phasic pills in the same way as the combined pill, but these need to be taken in a specific order to remain effective.
Every Day (ED) pills
ED pills come in packs of 28, of which 21 are active and seven are inactive. These pills are often preferred by women who donít want to get out of the habit of taking a pill every day.
Some contraceptive pills contain only progestogen, and are more commonly known as the mini-pill. However, the mini-pill isnít as effective as the combined pill in some women because it doesnít always prevent ovulation. The absence of oestrogen means that more women can use the mini-pill than the combined pill, and that the risk of developing certain oestrogen-related side effects is reduced.
Are there any side effects?
Some women have reservations about using contraceptive pills because they can cause side effects, but what many women donít realise is that the right pill wonít cause you any severe side effects. If you do develop side effects, they will disappear with time as your body adjusts to the hormones.
Side effects vary between each pill, but the most common side effects include:
- Breast tenderness
- Slight weight gain
- Spotting between periods
- Mood changes
Itís important that you spend some time learning about the different kinds of pills and their effects before you decide which one to try, because this increases the chances of you choosing a pill that will suit you. It may take a few attempts to find the right contraceptive, but itís worth taking the time to choose correctly because you could experience uncomfortable side effects if you opt for the wrong type of pill.
If you have the following health conditions, you may not be able to use certain contraceptive pills:
- Smoking addiction
- High blood pressure
- Family history of thrombosis
- High cholesterol
- Vein inflammation, for example phlebitis
How do I buy daily contraception online?
HealthExpress will help you to choose the right contraceptive for you, by providing extensive information online. We also offer a free-of-charge, obligation-free consultation with a registered doctor who will assess your medical history and recommend specific contraceptives that are safe for you to use. This allows you to get the best medical advice without the inconvenience or embarrassment of a face-to-face appointment.
After completing the consultation, you will be able to view all your recommended treatments, learn more about them and choose one you would like to use. Weíll then deliver it with free next-day delivery so you could start your birth control measures tomorrow.