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Oral Contraception

Oral contraception or 'the pill' is taken daily and is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. Almost half of all contraceptive users take oral contraception - there are two types; the progestogen only pill (also known as “the mini pill”) and the combined pill - both contain hormones.

Combined Pill

Often just called ‘the pill’, the combined pill is a type of oral contraception that prevents pregnancy. It contains a combination of two hormones similar to those produced naturally by the body; progestogen and oestrogen.

  • 99% effective with perfect use, 91% effective with typical use
  • The standard way to take the pill is to take 1 every day for 21 days, then have a break for 7 days
  • You need to take it every day around the same time
  • Can help with heavy periods or painful periods, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and endometriosis

Read more about the combined pill on the nhs.uk website.

Progestogen-Only Pill (POP)

Often just called ‘the pill’, the progestogen-only pill is a type of oral contraception that prevents pregnancy. It contains progestogen, and no oestrogen.

  • 99% effective with perfect use, 91% effective with typical use
  • You take a pill every day, with no break between packs of pills.
  • You need to take it at the same time each day
  • Periods may stop or become lighter, irregular or more frequent

Read more about the progestogen-only pill on the nhs.uk website.


Need to order more contraceptive pills?

Order your contraceptive pill online here.

We have a blood pressure machine in the reception areas at our Haymarket Health and Loughborough Health Centre Clinics for your own use to include when ordering online pills only.

Please remember to wear a face mask and attend alone, this includes no children or babies.

The pills prescribed are specific so please ensure that if you want more of the same pill that you check the pill name or ingredients on the website link above. If it is not the same please contact our switchboard for a telephone appointment on Tel: 0300 124 0102.


Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust Providing Sexual Health Services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Services commissioned by Leicester City and Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils.