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Information about the different female contraceptive options

The purpose of contraception is to prevent pregnancy although most women find there are additional benefits as well. Most contraceptives work in multiple ways including thickening the mucus to make it difficult for the sperm to reach the egg, adjusting the womb lining so the egg can't plant there and by often not producing an egg at all. Each contraceptive treatment works in similar ways to successfully prevent pregnancy and effectiveness can range from 78-99%. All contraceptives must be used correctly to be at maximum effectiveness.

There are many different forms of contraception to choose from depending on what you require. Here at NEW HEALTH SITE we offer a selection of clinically proven and extremely effective hormonal contraceptives that can be used to successfully prevent pregnancy in both the short-term and long-term. Our wide selection of contraceptive products ensures that you can order the contraceptive that best suits your particular needs. This includes combined contraceptive pills, mini pills, contraceptive rings, contraceptive patches and morning after pills.

We have additional information about specific forms of contraception and you can also place your order quickly and securely on this site by completing a confidential online consultation form, which is reviewed by a UK registered doctor. Please note that you must have been prescribed your contraceptive in-person before ordering online.

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    The combined pill Femodene is used to prevent pregnancy and is over 99% effective at doing so. Femodene contains oestrogen and progestrogen that mimic your natural cycle making your periods more predictable and symptoms of your time of the month much lighter. Femodene must be taken at the same time every 21 days to be effective.
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Pack of 63 Femodette oral tablets
    Femodette is a combined pill that can be ordered online in a three-month or six-month supply. It is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly (taken for 21 days at the same time with a seven-day break). The combined pill contains both oestrogen and progestrogen to closely mimic your natural cycle.
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Pack of 63 Logynon oral tablets
    You can buy Logynon online in either a three-month or six-month supply to prevent pregnancy. This combined contraceptive is over 99% effective at this primary objective with additional factors that could be a reason only for going on the pill. This includes alleviating any discomfort from your period, reducing a heavy flow and regulating your period to the same time every month.
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Pack of 63 Marvelon desogestrel/ethinylestradiol tablets
    You can order Marvelon online and receive tomorrow. This can be a three-month dosage or six-month dosage. Marvelon is a form of combined pill that contains synthetic versions of two female sex hormones used to mimic your natural cycle to prevent conception. It is nearly 100% effective at doing this.
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Pack of 63 Mercilon tablets
    Mercilon's primary purpose is to prevent pregnancy, which it is 99% effective in doing so, however it has other advantages such as reducing period cramps and a heavy flow as well as making your time of the month more predictable. You can avoid waiting for your doctor by ordering online in earlier three-month or six-month supplies.
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Pack of 63 Microgynon 30 oral tablets
    One of the most prescribed combined pills available in the UK, Microgynon is available in both a three-month and six-month supply. It is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and has additional advantages associated with your period. For example, it lessens a heavy flow and alleviates cramping. The combined pill is easy to take.
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Pack of 28 film-coated Qlaira estradiol valerate/dienogest tablets
    Qlaira is just one brand of combined contraceptives to buy online without booking a doctor's appointment. You can save the time and effort it takes attending an appointment in-person by getting a three-month or six-month supply over the internet. This combined pill contains both oestrogen and progestrogen to be nearly 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.
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Pack of 63 Yasmin 0.03mg/3mg ethinylestradiol/drospirenone film-coated tablets
    Yasmin is a popular form of contraception under the category of combined pill. It contains both oestrogen and progestogen to mimic your natural cycle and provides over 99% effective. Yasmin prevents pregnancy very effectively, however, itcan also be prescribed to ease cramps, blood flow and other period pain.
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Pack of 84 Zoely 2.5mg/1.5mg nomegestrol acetate/estradiol film-coated oral tablets
    The combined pill Zoely contains oestrogen and progestrogen to mimic your natural cycle and helps prevent conception. It is nearly 100% effective at doing this when taken correctly. To take correctly, consume one pill every day for 21 days at the same time followed by a seven-day break. You can order a three-month or six-month supply after completing a quick consultation.
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    Brevinor is a contraceptive that offers near total protection against pregnancy when used correctly. Being a combined pill, it contains two synthetics hormones to achieve this. Added benefits include easing of period cramps and discomfort. Instead of booking and attending a doctor's appointment in-person, you can buy online with a few clicks.
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Pack of 63 Cilest ethinylestradiol/norgestimate oral contraceptive tablets
    Cilest offers near total protection against pregnancy when used correctly with additional benefits such as easing period cramps, a heavy flow and regulating your time of the month. You can order in both a three-month and six-month supply without a doctor's appointment. Cilest is a combined pill so contains both synthetic oestrogen and progestrogen.
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Pack of 63 Ovranette 150/30 micrograms levonorgestrel/ethinylestradiol tablets
    Ovranette is a combined contraceptive that contains both oestrogen and progestrogen to mimic your natural menstrual cycle. When used correctly, Ovranette is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy with additional pluses such as easing period pains and discomfort. This combined pill can also be used to regulate your periods to one predictable time each month.
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Methods of contraception

If you require additional information, each method available on our site has their own specific page detailing everything you need to know before placing an order. For a brief overview of each method of contraception, please see below. Each contraceptive also comes with a different set of instructions detailed in the patient leaflet before you can purchase them and in the packaging as well.

Combined contraceptives

Also referred to as 'the pill', combined contraceptives contain synthetic versions of progesterone and oestrogen (the female hormones). They work by halting all processes that can lead to conception. These contraceptives are over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and are currently the most popular form of contraception in the UK.

Most packs contains 21 pills to last for a duration of three months or six months. Each pill should be taken at the same time every day. A seven-day break is necessary between ending one pack and starting another. Some combined contraceptives contain 28 pills in each pack, however seven of these pills are just placebo pills created to help you remember to take the pill daily.

Combined contraceptive pills can include products, such as Yasmin, Dianette and Cilest.

Mini pills

Mini pills (also known as progestogen-only pills or POP) are over 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. They contain progestogen but don't contain any traces of oestrogen. Mini pills work by stopping sperm from reaching the womb as a result of thickening mucus in the cervix, essentially blocking all sperm before fertilisation can occur.

Mini pill packs contain 28 tablets in total and are suitable for women who are sensitive to oestrogen, who are over the age of 35 or women who smoke. Mini pills are taken over the course of three months or six months and should be taken at the same time each day during these months. No breaks are needed between packs.

Mini pills can include, Cerazette, Micronor, Noriday and Cerelle.

Contraceptive ring

Vaginal contraceptive rings contain both oestrogen and progestogen. This method is recognised as an alternative to 'the pill'. This method is equal in effectiveness to the contraceptive pill with an effectiveness of over 98%. The ring itself is small and flexible and is inserted into the vagina for a period of three weeks. The ring even provides protection during the necessary one-week break between removing a ring and inserting a new one as well.

This is a good option if you happen to forget pills and would like a contraceptive with a lower maintenance factor. The only contraceptive ring brand in the UK is the NuvaRing.

Contraceptive patches

Contraceptive patches are small and thin and are sticky like a nicotine patch. These 5x5cm patches release hormones directly into the bloodstream through the skin on a daily basis, which stops ovulation. Contraceptive patches are over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and are a useful alternative for women who would rather not take pills regularly and aren't keen on inserting the vagina ring. The only contraceptive patches available in the UK is the Evra Patch.

These are the methods that are available from NEW HEALTH SITE. However, there are other contraceptive methods that you can consider including:

  • Condoms (male and female)
  • Diaphragms
  • Implants
  • Contraceptive injections
  • Spermicide
  • Contraceptive sponges
  • Cervical caps
  • Sterilisation
  • Spermicide

Which contraceptive should I choose?

The contraception method that you decide to use is dependant on your lifestyle choices as well as any conditions that you may have that can influence certain contraceptives. It's vital that you get an understanding of all methods that are available by visiting your local GP to seek advice whether you are using contraception for the first time or if you're switching to a new contraceptive. If this is the case you can reorder your repeat prescription quickly and conveniently online here at NEW HEALTH SITE or at the doctors.

By weighing up the benefits of each method and considering their ingredients you can make the best choice possible for your particular set of requirements because every case is different. It's important that the precautions for each method are also carefully considered. For example, some contraceptives can affect breast milk after childbirth and are therefore not recommended.

Starting contraception

Younger women

For younger women starting to use contraception it's important that they can seek medical advice with confidentiality guaranteed. All methods should be researched and discussed with a medical professional before a decision is made with regards to which method will be most appropriate and effective moving forward. Medical advice can be taken without parental consent if you're under the age of 16. However, a health advisor must adhere to the 'Fraser criteria' before offering advice. This is a list of criteria that they must adhere to when sharing advice concerning contraception. Modern social networking sites can also be used when researching contraception, such as the Family Planning Association (FPA).

New mothers

You can start using contraception again after a period of three weeks (21 weeks) post-childbirth. You should not simply wait for your period to return.

  • Condoms can be used as soon as you want and methods such as the implant can be used after the three-week waiting period.
  • Combined pills, vaginal rings and patches can be used only if you are not breastfeeding.
  • Diaphragms and caps can be used six weeks after childbirth.

When it comes to choosing which method is best it's important that you consider what you and your partner prefer, your medical history, if you're currently breastfeeding and whether there were complications during the birth. Please visit your doctor for further advice.

Experienced women

When beginning contraception, it is likely that you will be offered a pill. This is usually the combined pill, and sometimes the mini pill depending on your circumstance. These are good options to start with. This can work perfectly fine and you may not feel the need to change throughout your life, however, there are other options that don't require daily pills and are just as effective. For more experienced women looking for long-term methods of contraception, they can consider methods such as implants (3 years), IUD (5-10 years) or injections (13 weeks). The IUD can also be fitted as an emergency contraceptive. This ensures that you will no longer have to take pills on a daily basis to ensure effective contraception.

For women over the age of 35, the mini pill can be considered. The same goes if you're a smoker. For a more permanent method of birth control, sterilisation can be used if you are certain that no longer wish to have children. It's important that this method is carefully considered due to its permanent nature.

How to start taking/using contraception

Each available method of contraception comes with a different set of instructions with regards to how they are taken / used. Below is a table giving a brief overview of the instructions for each method.

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Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception works to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. This is usually necessary if another birth control method has failed to prevent pregnancy, offering a great source of reassurance. It's important to use emergency contraception as soon as possible after sex in order to significantly reduce the risk of pregnancy. Emergency contraception should be taken within 120 hours of sexual intercourse.

There are two forms of emergency contraception that can be purchased. These are as follows:

Morning after pill

The morning after pill effectively prevents pregnancy after sex if you forgot to take a daily contraceptive tablet or if a condom has split. It can be taken up to three or five days (depending on which product you choose) after unprotected sex. The morning after pill prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation and preventing fertilised eggs from embedding themselves onto the womb lining. The morning after pill we provide is ellaOne, which is 98% effective over five days. The other morning after pill available in the UK is Levonelle, which is effective over five days but this effectiveness does reduce over time.


Intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) is small and shaped like the letter 'T' that inserted into the uterus by a doctor or nurse. It is inserted within five days of unprotected sex. The process should only take 15 to 20 minutes and if it can't be fitted straight away, morning after pills may be recommended.

There are two IUDs available; one made from copper and the other not. The non-copper coil is usually favoured. The IUD also used to be called 'the coil' because of the shape, however, it is no longer shaped like that anymore.

Frequently asked questions about contraception

What are the side effects of using contraception?

As with all medications, contraceptives do come with a risk of side effects. These are recognised as only being minor and only temporary. Side effects that may arise whilst using contraception can include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Slight weight gain

The more suitable you are to the contraceptive you use, the lower the chances of experiencing side effects. This is why it's vital that you speak with a GP to understand what your requirements are deciding. It's also important to remember that each form of contraception can cause different side effects. You can learn more about the unique side effects for each method by visiting their respective pages.

What precautions should I take?

Before using any contraceptive it's important to read all instructions found in the packaging. When using any form of contraception the following precautions should always be taken into account:

  • If you're a smoker
  • Have diabetes
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Have a family history of thrombosis
  • If you're above the age of 35
  • Are dealing with Phlebitis

Certain conditions can prevent you from using certain hormonal contraceptives safely. This is why you should speak to a GP before deciding which contraceptive is right for you so that you can discover which options are safest for you to use.

Are there other reasons to use contraceptives?

The primary aim for most women is to avoid pregnancy. However there are many other reasons you can use contraception that don't include this reason. As hormonal contraception contains synthetic progestogen and quite often oestrogen, contraception has the following benefits:

  • Reducing period pains
  • Reducing mood swings
  • Reducing a heavy flow
  • Regulating your period
  • Lessening nearly all PMS symptoms
  • Certain contraceptives improve skin

Where to get your chosen contraceptive

After you've researched the various options available for effective contraception you can book an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options. The doctor will give you a prescription to hand to any pharmacy to collect your contraception.

If you're confident with your choice, you can buy your selected contraceptive quickly and easily online here at NEW HEALTH SITE. Your purchase can be completed after you fill out a secure and confidential online consultation form, which will then be reviewed by one of our UK registered doctors who will issue you with a prescription. Your consultation is also no obligation.

STI clinics offer barrier contraceptives as well as emergency contraception (in some cases). Whilst obtaining your chosen contraceptive from a doctor or pharmacist ensures that you can talk to a medical professional face-to-face, ordering online is recognised as the quickest and most convenient option. It ensures that long waiting times for appointments and prescriptions can be avoided.

At NEW HEALTH SITE offer the following methods of contraception:

  • Combined pill
  • Mini pill
  • Contraceptive patch
  • Contraceptive ring

Contraception is only available in the UK with a prescription. Therefore, you must complete our confidential online consultation before placing an order. This ensures that your chosen contraceptive is both safe and effective for you to use.

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