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The Progestogen-only pill
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The Progestogen-only pill


The main difference between the combined pill and the progestogen-only pill is the fact that it only contains one hormone: progesterone.

This means that it's a really good option for women who like taking the pill but cannot take the combined pill for medical reasons. For example women who are over the age of 35 who smoke, are overweight, or have other health related problems should not take the combined pill. 

It works in the same way as the combined pill by thickening the mucus in the womb making it harder for sperm to reach an egg, while also preventing the egg from sticking to the womb by thinning the womb lining.

You also take the progestogen-only pill orally in the same manner as the combined pill with a seven day break. If used correctly by taking it at the same time every day it is 99% effective.

Pros:

  • You're not likely to have a regular bleed. 
  • It is over 99% effective. 
  • It is a good option for those who cannot take other hormone options like the combined pill, patch or vaginal ring for medical reasons.
  • If you stop taking it your levels of fertility should go back to normal relatively swiftly.
  • It's a simple, non-invasive option.
Cons:
  • There can be side effects such as acne, weight gain or mood swings. 
  • If you do not take it correctly there is increased risk of pregnancy.


Love & Sex Editor
2012/10/20
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