Progestogen-only Pill, Mini Pill or POP

The big difference between the progestogen-only pill (POP) and the combined pill, is that the POP contains only one hormone instead of two. This means the POP can be used safely by more people than the combined pill.

What are the advantages?

It has fewer side effects than the combined pill, doesn’t raise your blood pressure and it can be taken by smokers.

What are the disadvantages?
  • It doesn’t control your periods, in the way the combined pill does.

Where can you get it?

Most types of contraception are available for free in the UK through the NHS. Talk to your GP or practice nurse for more information. When you first start the pill you will usually be given three months’ supply to see if it suits you, after that it can be extended to a year’s supply.

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