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How does the combined pill work?

Combined contraception pills work in three different ways to prevent pregnancy. The oestrogen works to stop ovulation, meaning that no egg is released. The progestogen thickens the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to reach the area where an egg would be. It also prevents the womb lining from thickening, so that a fertilised egg would be unable to attach and grow.

What are the benefits?

There are a number of benefits to using oral contraceptives - the main one being its 99% rate of effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. Many women find it easier and more convenient than other forms of contraception.

There are additional benefits to taking combined contraceptives. For example, they help to make periods less painful and more regular. Also, they can help to treat skin conditions such as acne and polycystic ovary syndrome.

What are the side effects?

As with all prescription medication, the combined pill presents a small risk of side effects, though these tend to be mild. The most common reported side effects include headaches, nausea, breast tenderness and weight gain.

The risk of blood clots may increase slightly in certain cases when taking the combined pill, however with so many different combined contraceptive pill brands, there will usually be a one which is the most appropriate for you.

Who can take the combined pill?

Most women over the age of 18 can take the pill safely, although there are some exceptions. Women who smoke who are over the age of 35 will be advised against taking the pill, and it should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast feeding.

There are certain medical conditions which may prevent you from being prescribed a combined pill, such as thrombosis, severe migraines, high blood pressure or diabetes. You should always tell your doctor about any pre-existing conditions or medications you are currently taking to ensure the combined pill is a safe option for you.

How can I buy the pill?

The combined pill is available to order online, making it a more convenient option for many women. Once you have selected your preferred contraceptive pill brand, you will be required to fill out an online medical consultation. If the pill you've chosen is safe and appropriate for you, you will be issued a prescription. Our pharmacy will then dispense the medication, which will be delivered using a free next day delivery service.

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FAQs

What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.

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