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.
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.
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 (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.
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 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:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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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