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Progestogen-only pill (POP)

What is it?

The progestogen-only pill (POP) is sometimes called ‘the mini pill’. It contains an artificial progestogen hormone, but not oestrogen. This pill is a better choice for women who are overweight, have high blood pressure or have a history of blood clots.

How it works

The progestogen-only pill thickens the mucus in the cervix, stopping sperm from reaching an egg. It can also stop ovulation, depending on the type of pill.

The progestogen-only pill is over 99% effective if used correctly, but if you forget to take it or don’t take it at the almost the same time every day, this falls to around 91%.

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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