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Mini Pill

The Progestogen Only Pill (POP's) category is dubbed the 'Mini Pill' and is a common form of oral contraception. It does not contain an Oestrogen derivative but is still effective in providing protection against pregnancy. It is used in women for whom Oestrogen is not recommended.

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Cerazette

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  • Almost 99% effectiveness
  • Suitable if you are sensitive to oestrogen
  • Can be used whilst breastfeeding
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  • One a day use
  • Highly effective at preventing pregnancy
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Mini Pill

The Progestogen Only Pill (POP's) category is dubbed the 'Mini Pill' and is a common form of oral contraception. It does not contain an Oestrogen derivative but is still effective in providing protection against pregnancy. It is used in women for whom Oestrogen is not recommended.

Overview

Progestogen is a synthetic hormone which works in a similar fashion to the natural hormone Progesterone. It thickens the mucus in the cervix making it harder for sperm to travel to the womb.
It also reduces the thickness of the uterus lining which stops the eggs from embedding onto this lining. Desogestrel (Cerazette) can also stop the ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation).

It is usually given in women who cant take Oestrogen containing pills. It is also given for women who are over 35 and are smokers.

'Progestogen Only Pill' is also known as 'POP'


How to take?

All the POP's are taken Once a day at the same time each day without a break. It can be safely taken until you are 55 or experience menopausal symptoms, unless the Doctor states otherwise.

  • It can be safely stopped at any time which helps in family planning. It is not known to affect your chances of future pregnancies.
  • If taken correctly it can be 99% effective.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

It can be relatively easy to miss a dose. It is therefore important to understand what you should do in the case of a missed dose.

Less than 3 hours late from the usual time or Less than 12 hours for Desogestrel

  • Take as soon as you remember
  • Take the next pill at the usual time
  • You are protected from Pregnancy and no other contraceptive methods are required

More than 3 hours late or more than 12 hours for Desogestrel

  • Take the missed dose as soon as you remember
  • Take the next pill at the usual time
  • You are not protected, use additional contraceptive methods for at least two days
  • If you have had unprotected sex during this time you may require emergency contraception. Ask the Doctor or Pharmacist for further advice

Benefits of POP treatment

  • The Pill can be safely taken for women who are intolerant of Oestrogen or if Oestrogen has been contraindicated.
  •  If you are a smoker and over 35 years of age, the Pill can be safely used to offer reliable and effective protection.
  • Can be safely taken after giving Birth (see below for further information)
  • Safe to take whilst Breast Feeding

Risks associated with POP

The POP is relatively safe, however there are some risks associated. It is essential to understand this to ensure you are safe and continued POP use is suitable for you.

  • Increased risk of Breast Cancer especially if there is a Family History of Breast Cancer

Childbirth and Breast Feeding

Progestogen Only Pills are safe and effective in providing contraception at least 21 days after childbirth. If taken 21 days after child birth, it can provide immediate protection. If taken after 23 days, additional contraception should be taken for 2 days to ensure you are completely protected.

The POP is safe to take whilst Breast Feeding. A small amount does pass through to the breast milk, but it isn't harmful in any way to your Baby.

Pregnancy

The Likelihood of Pregnancy is extremely low, however the POP should not be taken if you are found to be pregnant as it can increase the risk of an Ectopic Pregnancy. This means that the pregnancy occurs outside of the womb. If you are Pregnant then stop taking the Pill and contact your Doctor.

Vomiting and Diarrhoea

Absorption of the active ingredients is reduced if you experience Diarrhoea or Vomiting.
If vomiting occurs within 2 hours of taking a dose, then you should take another tablet immediately. If you take it 3 hours after (or 12 for Desogestrel) then you may not be protected. Additional methods should be used for 2 days. If you experience Diarrhoea or Vomiting for more than 24 hours, you should use additional precautions during and for two days after recovery. Our Doctors can provide further information if required.

Adverse Effects

As with all medication, there are certain negative effects that some but not all women can experience. The Progestogen Only Pill is relatively safe and the incidence of side effects are low and usually transient, meaning they diminish after taking for a few months.

However it is important to understand your medication to ensure you are aware of the potential risks of treatment. Some effects are detailed below:-

  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Acne or spotting of the skin
  • Breast Tenderness and enlargemen
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Cysts on your ovaries
  • Menstrual bleeds can be irregular, last longer or stop

These effects are usually transient and diminish over time. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet to ensure you understand the medication you are taking.

Our Doctors are on hand to offer expert One to One advice, so please do not hesitate to ask any questions.

The Pill and other medication

It may be unsafe to take the POP if you are on certain medication such as:-

  • Anti Epileptics – Carbamazepine, Phenytoin
  • St Johns Wort
  • Antibiotics such as Rifamycins
  • Anti Coagulants such as Phenindione

Please inform the Doctor if you are on any medication to ensure the Pill is safe and suitable for you. We also recommend reading the Patient Information Leaflet to understand the medication you are taking.

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