What is the Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill & How Does it Work?

The combined oral contraceptive pill in Essex

The combined oral contraceptive pill is frequently referred to simply as “the pill.” It comprises synthetic forms of the female hormones progesterone and oestrogen, which are naturally generated by the ovaries. Keep reading to learn more about the combined oral contraceptive pill in Essex.

Pregnancy happens when sperm comes into contact with an egg (ovum). Contraception attempts to prevent this from occurring by separating the sperm and egg or by preventing the release of the egg (ovulation).

How does the combined oral contraceptive pill in Essex work?

How it works to prevent pregnancy

Each month, the pill inhibits the ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation). Additionally:

– It thins the womb’s lining, decreasing the likelihood of a fertilised egg implanting and growing in the womb.
– It also thickens the mucus in the womb’s neck, making it more difficult for sperm to penetrate and reach an egg.

When used properly, the tablet is nearly 99 percent effective.

Other means of contraception, such as the IUS, implant, IUD and injection, are more effective at avoiding pregnancy.

How do you take the 21-day pills?

– Take the first pill from the packet labelled with the appropriate day of the week, or the first pill of the first colour (phasic pills).
– Continue taking a pill each day at the same time until the pack is completed (28 days).
– During the time you take the inactive pills (7 days), you will bleed.
– Begin your second pack of pills after completing the first one, regardless of whether you are continuing bleeding. This should occur on the same day of the week as your first medication.

What should you do if you forget to take a pill?

If you skip a tablet or several pills, or if you begin a pack late, the pill’s effectiveness at preventing pregnancy may be diminished. The likelihood of becoming pregnant following a missed pill or pills is dependent on the following factors:

– When did you miss the pills?
– How many pills did you miss?

The combined oral contraceptive pill in Essex

What are examples of the combined oral contraceptive pills in Essex?

There are several pill brands, which fall into three broad categories:

21-day tablets that are monophasic

This is the most prevalent. Each pill has the exact amount of hormones in its content. You take one pill each day, and no pills are taken for another seven days. Microgynon, Yasmin and Marvelon all fall into this category.

Phasic 21-day pills

Phasic pills come in packs of two or three distinct coloured pills. Each section has a varied concentration of hormones. Each day, one pill is taken for 21 days, and no pills should be taken for another seven days. Phasic pills must be taken in the correct sequence. Logynon is one example of this class of pill.

Every Day pills

A pack contains 21 active pills and 7 inactive pills. The two sorts of pills appear to be quite different. Each day, one pill is taken for 28 days without interruption between packs of pills. Every day pills must be taken in the correct order. A good example of this type of pill is Microgynon ED.

The combined oral contraceptive pill in Essex

Is the combined oral contraceptive pill in Essex effective?

When used daily, the pill is quite effective at preventing pregnancy. However, skipping pills, taking certain drugs, and other factors may impair its effectiveness.

When used properly, the pill is 99 percent effective. Nevertheless, because humans are fallible and medicines are often forgotten or missed, the pill is only around 91 percent effective in reality. This means that approximately 9 out of every 100 pill users become pregnant every year.

The more consistently you take your pills and commence your pill packets on time, the more effectively the pill will perform. However, even if you constantly take your pills correctly, there is a very small possibility that you will become pregnant.

If you’re looking for a solution that is even more effective in preventing pregnancy, consider IUDs and the implant. They are the most effective method of preventing pregnancy. However, if you feel the pill is appropriate for you, ensure you always take it on time for maximum effectiveness.

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This blog post was written on behalf of G.M. Graham Pharmacies by Pharmacy Mentor.