Contraceptive Pills

Contraceptive pills are oral medications designed to prevent pregnancy by regulating a woman’s reproductive hormones. These pills are categorized into two main types: combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which contain both estrogen and progestogen hormones, and progestogen-only pills (POPs), which contain only progestogen.

COCs, such as Cilique pill, buy Cerazette, and Microgynon 30 /Microgynon ED, work by inhibiting ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary), thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg, and thinning the uterine lining to make it less receptive to implantation.

Progestogen-only pills, like Noriday contraceptive pill, primarily work by thickening cervical mucus and thinning the lining of the uterus, making it difficult for sperm to reach the egg and for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus.

These contraceptive pills are highly effective when taken as directed and provide women with a reliable method of birth control. They offer additional benefits such as regulating menstrual cycles, reducing menstrual cramps, and improving acne for some users. Discover more about choosing the right contraceptive for you by reading our blog post “How to Choose a Contraceptive.”

If you’re seeking alternatives to contraceptive pills or in need of emergency contraception, you can also explore our alternative contraception section and our morning-after pill section for additional contraceptive options.  At MedsForLess, we’re committed to providing comprehensive solutions for your reproductive health, ensuring you have access to a range of options to make informed decisions about your contraception.

What are Contraceptive Pills and How Do They Work?

They allow women to choose whether or not to become pregnant. The contraceptive pill, also known as “the pill” or “contraceptives,” is a simple way to plan your family and avoid unwanted pregnancy.

Contraceptive pills are used by women who want to avoid becoming pregnant. The Pill is a simple, practical, and convenient way to avoid getting pregnant. Contraceptive pills contain female hormones that can prevent you from conceiving in one of three ways.

Which contraceptive pill is the most well-known?

Microgynon, Yasmin, Cilest, Loestrin, Mercilon, and Femodette are the most commonly prescribed and well-known combined pills in the UK.

There are two types of contraceptive pills available: the combined pill and the individual pill. The combined pill contains trace amounts of oestrogen and progestogen, which prevent pregnancy in three ways. They stop an egg from being released from the ovaries, thicken the fluid in your cervix (making it harder for sperm to enter the womb), and prevent the lining of your womb from thickening enough for an egg to grow in it.

The combined pill is one of the most effective forms of contraception because of its three-pronged approach. ‘The mini pill’ is the name given to the second type of pill. This tablet, contrary to popular belief, does not simply contain lower amounts of the same hormones. It only contains progestogen, so it has a slightly different effect on your body and only prevents the sperm cell from entering the womb. Although effective, it is not always as effective as the combined pill.

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Names of Contraceptive Pills

The names of contraceptive pills are listed below:

Cerazette is a contraceptive pill.

  • Only a progestogen
  • Breastfeeding mothers will appreciate this product.
  • Contraception that works

Clairette is a birth control pill.

  • Acne and rosacea are treated with this product.
  • A reliable method of birth control
  • Simple to use

Yasmin is a contraceptive tablet.

  • Pill that is extremely effective as a contraceptive
  • Can help with period pain.
  • Pill packets with helpful labels

Rigevidon is a pregnancy-prevention pill.

  • Oestrogen and progestogen are present.
  • Preventing pregnancy can be as effective as 99 percent of the time.
  • Simple to use


  • Prevents pregnancy effectively
  • Causes periods to become more regular and lighter.
  • Improved menstrual hygiene


  • Contraceptive pill with a built-in contraceptive
  • Effectiveness up to 99 percent
  • It has the ability to regulate the menstrual cycle.


  • Only a progestogen pill
  • Preventing pregnancy can be as effective as 99 percent of the time.
  • Most women, including those who are breastfeeding, can use it.


  • Oestrogen and progestogen are present.
  • This is a very effective method of birth control.
  • Simple to use


  • It helps to prevent pregnancy.
  • Menstrual cycle is regulated.
  • Contraceptive pill with a low risk of side effects


  • Oral contraceptive with a low dose
  • Menstrual symptoms are reduced.
  • Shortens and lightens periods


  • Prevents conception
  • Menstrual symptoms are reduced.
  • Pills are color-coded for ease of use.


  • Oestrogen content is extremely low.
  • Can shorten and lighten periods
  • A reliable method of birth control

What are the advantages of taking the birth control pill?

The contraceptive pill can provide women with a variety of other benefits, including menstrual cycle control and an uninterrupted sex life, in addition to its primary use of pregnancy prevention.

Many women choose the combined pill not only for its effectiveness, but also because it can lighten your periods, keep your menstrual cycle regular (because you take the pill for 21 days and then take a 7-day break), and lower your risk of ovarian, womb, and colon cancer. The combined pill, on the other hand, raises the risk of blood clots and may cause some side effects (especially at the start of treatment). Mood swings, weight gain, and skin problems are all common side effects.

Although less popular, many women still prefer the mini pill (progestogen only) because it is easier to remember because it is taken every day. There are no increased risks of blood clots because it doesn’t contain oestrogen, and it’s also suitable for women who can’t tolerate oestrogen or who are breastfeeding. However, because there is no scheduled period, it is the less effective of the two types of contraceptives and can cause some irregular or ‘breakout’ bleeding.

What are the different types of contraceptive pills?

There are a variety of brands on the market, each containing varying amounts of synthetic oestrogen and/or progestogen. 

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