Contraception

Contraception

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Contraception

Contraceptive pills can be used by women to prevent unplanned pregnancy and, when taken correctly, are 99% effective. Usually, one pill is taken every day for 21 days, and then there is a 7 day break to allow for menstruation.

You can either opt for a combined hormone pill, which contains both progesterone and oestrogen, or a progestogen-only pill. Both work to thicken the mucus at the neck of the womb, making it more difficult for sperm to enter, at the same time as thinning the lining of the womb, making it harder for a fertilised egg to implant there and grow.