The mini pill is a highly effective form of oral contraception - it lowers the chance of conception to less than 1%.
Unlike the combined pill, the mini pill only contains progestogen - no oestrogen.
It is often offered to women aged over 35, women who smoke or breastfeed, or women who are allergic to oestrogens.
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Clinical studies show that this is a more effective contraceptive than condoms and is on par with the coil (IUD), although often considered more convenient to obtain and use. Cerazette is one of the most popular types available and has a failure rate of approximately 1% per year. This guideline applies only to women who use it correctly - taking the tablet at roughly the same time every day.
Although generally well tolerated by the majority of users, it is not the best option for everyone. Women should consult with their doctor or healthcare provider before taking it if they are affected by undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, severe artery disease, liver tumours or porphyria. It may also be avoided if a woman has a history of breast cancer.
It works slightly differently to the combined pill, as it does not contain oestrogen. Most mini-pills work by thickening the cervical mucus so that the sperm cannot enter and making the womb inhospitable to a fertilised egg, however some types may also prevent ovulation, which makes them as effective as the combined pill at preventing pregnancy.
It is often prescribed to women who suffer from severe side effects when taking the combined pill. As it only contains progestogen the risk of side effects is lowered and those that do occur are likely to be milder and less long-lasting. Some of the most common side effects include nausea, headache, weight gain and irregular periods.
It is administered as a 28 day tablet pack, and unlike some combined pills, all the tablets within a pack contain equal levels of progestogen. A tablet must be taken at the same time every day. If you miss one or more tablets you may not be fully protected against pregnancy. Always read the patient leaflet before you start taking contraception.
You can place a discreet order at 121doc and, on a doctor's approval, receive your medication within 24 hours. There's no doctor's appointment or trip to the pharmacy; if your order is approved your course of tablets will be delivered to your chosen address 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We offer several delivery options:
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.
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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.
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’.