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Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (‘the pill’)

What is it?

The combined oral contraception pill (COCP) is often simply called ‘the pill’. It contains artificial oestrogen and progesterone hormones which prevent pregnancy.

How it works

The hormones in the pill stop the ovaries from releasing an egg. They also thicken the cervical mucus to prevent the sperm meeting an egg, and thin the lining of the womb to stop eggs implanting.

For the pill to work properly you need to take it every day at the same time for 21 days in a row, then have a seven-day break, before staring another pack for 21 days. Women usually bleed during the seven -day break.

The combined pill is over 99% effective if used correctly, but if you forget to take it or don’t take it at the same time every day, this falls to around 92%.

If you are someone who may struggle to remember to take the pill every day exactly as directed, there may be better methods of contraception for you to try.

We can discuss the range of contraception methods available to find the one that would be best for you, and provide whichever option is required.

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