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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.