Taking oral contraceptives has a positive effect in many ways; for preventing unwanted pregnancies, reducing period flow and pain, and managing issues such as acne.
Some contraceptives come with a range of side effects though, which can be frustrating.
So which contraceptives do have the least side effects and what if any, do they have? There are a range of contraceptives on the market; some are better than others such as Cerelle and Cerazette. You can buy Cerelle online, alongside many of the other contraceptives listed.
Different types of oral contraceptives
There are two types of oral contraceptives: the combined pill, and the progestogen only or mini pill. Which one you need will depend on why you’re taking the pill. The mini pill is ideal for women who can’t take pills containing oestrogen.
The combined pill
The combined pill contains the oestrogen and progesterone hormones. This pill prevents pregnancy by preventing the egg from being released each month, as well as thickening the mucus in the cervix and thinning the lining of the womb.
Most combined pills are taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break although you can get some that you take all the time.
Some women can’t take the combined pill, as it can increase side effects like headaches, sore breasts, and nausea. It’s important to go back to your doctor in these instances, as they can look at whether the progestogen only pill is a better option.
The most common brands of combined pill are Microgynon, Rigevidon, Cilest and Yasmin.
The progestogen only pill
It works by thickening the cervix mucus that stops the sperm using the egg, and when taken at the same time each day it is 99% effective. Some women can’t tolerate oestrogen, which is why the progestogen only pill is better.
You have to take the progestogen only pill every day, at around the same time.
The mini pill is suitable if you’re breastfeeding, and is recommended in those over 35, smokers and people who are overweight. You should always check with your doctor before taking any contraception.
As the progestogen only pill doesn’t contain oestrogen it’s often an option with fewer side effects, particularly if you’re in one of the risk categories above.
There are a number of oral contraceptives that are progestogen only. The most well known are Cerelle and Cerazette.
You can buy Cerelle online, as well as other contraceptives, which can be a more convenient, economic and discreet way to purchase.
NHS UK – The combined pill
NHS UK- The progesterone only pill
Family Planning Association – Sexwise – the progesterone only pill
Boots- WebMD – contraceptive comparison
Boots- Web MD -The Mini Pill