The combined pill contains two hormones – estrogen and progestogen.
These hormones work in three ways:
You can access a good leaflet telling you all about the pill here: http://www.fpa.org.uk/contraception-help/combined-pill
For most women, the benefits of the pill far outweigh the risks. We will ask you some questions to make sure it is safe for you. The pill can slightly increase your risk of a thrombosis (blood clot). Research suggests there is a small increase in your risk of breast and cervical cancer.
The mini-pill or progestogen only pill (POP) is different to the combined pill. It only contains a single hormone – progestogen. It is taken every day without a break. It has different missed pill rules to the combined pill. It is often suitable for people who cannot take the combined pill for medical reasons and it is not thought to increase risk of blood clots. It is not possible to control bleeding patterns on the POP and some people may experience irregular bleeding or have no bleeding at all.
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