TAKE IT A DAY AT A TIME
The progestogen-only pill or mini pill is a contraceptive tablet containing a progestogen that should be taken at the same time once a day. It can be a suitable option for those women who cannot take oestrogen. You should take the pill at the same time each day, whether or not you have sex.
The long-term use of the POP doesn't affect your fertility. But once you've stopped taking the POP it may take some time for your body's natural hormones to go back to their normal levels.
The POP does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Typical use means how well the method works in real life and perfect use means how well a method works under 'perfect' or ideal conditions for example when there is no user error at any time.
EFFICACY WITH PERFECT USE
The POP is more than 99% effective with “perfect use” meaning that less than one woman in every 100 who uses this method for one year will become pregnant.
The pill is self-administered and given with a prescription. When taken perfectly i.e. if you don’t forget to take it or you take with other medications that prevent it from working properly, the pill is a very effective method of contraception.
EFFICACY WITH TYPICAL USE
The POP is 91% effective with “typical use” meaning that 9 women out of every 100 using this method for one year will become pregnant.
The pill is self-administered. It should be taken at the same time every day, and although we all make mistakes, it is effective.
Yes. The hormone in the mini pill - progestogen – is released throughout the body.
Ease of Use
The pill must be taken at the same time every day, even if you don’t plan to have sex that day.
The mini-pill may cause irregular bleeding with bleeding becoming more frequent, less frequent or absent.
NEED ADVICE? SPEAK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
Seek out an appointment with your doctor or nurse for further support that meets your needs.