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Find out which method of birth control is right for you with our online consultation. You can get clinician-approved contraceptive pills (like the combined pill) or other birth control methods (like the patch or the vaginal ring) in a few simple steps. Get up to 12 months’ protection delivered to your door or pick it up the same day at your local LloydsPharmacy.

Find out which method of birth control is right for you with our online consultation. You can get clinician-approved contraceptive pills (like the combined pill) or other birth control methods (like the patch or the vaginal ring) in a few simple steps. Get up to 12 months’ protection delivered to your door or pick it up the same day at your local LloydsPharmacy.

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    Which type of contraception is right for you?

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    Combined pill

    Combined contraceptive pills, like Yasmin, Rigevidon, Lucette and Microgynon, contain two hormones: progestogen and oestrogen. They prevent you from releasing an egg (ovulating), which means you can’t get pregnant. You’ll need yearly blood pressure and BMI checks when taking this type of pill.

    How you take it 
    One pill a day and at the same time each day. With most combined pills, you take them for 21 days, followed by a 4 or 7-day break. During your break, you’ll probably have a withdrawal bleed. If you bleed heavily or painfully, have headaches or mood swings on pill-free days, you can skip the break.  

    You can also take the pill: 

    • Every day for 9 weeks, followed by a 4 or 7-break 
    • Everyday continuously 
    • Everyday for at least 21 days, followed by a 4 or 7-day break

    Find out more

    Possible side effects 
    These vary, but you may find your blood pressure increases. So you'll need to get this checked either at home or in-store before you can take this type of pill. After that you’ll need these checked at least yearly. There’s also a slightly higher risk of blood clots

    Low-dose combined

    Low-dose pills, such as Gedarel, also contain progestogen and oestrogen – but less oestrogen than regular combined pills. This means some side effects are reduced.

    How you take it
    One pill a day and at the same time each day. With most low-dose combined pills, you take them for 21 days, followed by a 4 or 7-day break. During your break, you’ll probably have a withdrawal bleed. If you bleed heavily or painfully or have headaches or mood swings on pill-free days, you can skip the break. 

    You can also take the pill:  

    • Every day for 9 weeks, followed by a 4 or 7-break  
    • Everyday continuously  
    • Everyday for at least 21 days, followed by a 4 or 7-day break 

    Find out more about taking the combined pill. 

    Possible side effects
    With a low-dose pill you’re more likely to experience irregular bleeding. Your blood pressure may also increase, so you'll need to have this checked before you take the pill, and at least once a year after that.  

    The mini pill (progestogen-only pill or POP)

    Mini pills, like Cerazette and Cerelle, only contain the progestogen hormone. If you can’t take the combined pill, are overweight, or have had blood clots or high blood pressure, they could be a good option.

    How you take it 
    You take one a day. And it’s very important that it’s at the same time, every day. Unlike with combined pills, there’s no pill-free break.

    Possible side effects
    The most likely one is that you bleed irregularly, but this should settle down within three months of starting the pill. There’s no need for blood pressure or BMI checks with the mini pill. 

    Contraceptive patch and vaginal ring

    Like the combined pill, both the patch and the ring contain progestogen and oestrogen hormones – they’re just delivered into your body differently. 

    How you use them
    You wear the contraceptive patch (Evra) on your skin – anywhere clean, dry and not too hairy. It’s about 5cm square and you change it once a week. 

    If you choose the vaginal ring (NuvaRing), you insert this into your vagina yourself. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do. You change it every 3 weeks, on the same day at the same time.

    Normally, you use patches or rings for 21 days, then take a break for 4 or 7 days. But you can also use them: 

    • For 9 weeks followed by a 4 or 7-day break 
    • Continuously with no break 
    • For at least 21 days, followed by a 4 or 7-day break

    How reliable are they? 
    Used properly, they’re 99% effective. Plus, they’re not affected by stomach upsets – and you don’t have to remember to take a pill each day!

    Of course, there’s a risk the patch might come unstuck or the ring dislodged. So it’s best to check it regularly. If you replace it straight away, you should still be protected. 

    Possible side effects 
    Most women don’t get any – but headaches, skin irritation, nausea and tender breasts are the most common ones. There’s also a slightly higher risk of blood clots

    Our contraception service, step-by-step

    1. Online
    2. Complete our simple, confidential online consultation

    3. Choose from recommended options in your Patient Record

    4. Pharmacy
    5. You’ll be informed by email if your contraception has been approved and prescribed by one of our NHS-experienced clinicians

    6. Get 3, 6 or 12 months of protection delivered to your door – or collect the same day from any LloydsPharmacy.

    Our range of contraceptives

    All the hormonal contraceptives below are 99% effective if used properly. Select filters to find a suitable option. Need emergency contraception? We can help with our morning-after pill service.  

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    Unless you want the mini pill, you'll need recent measurements of your height, weight and blood pressure (by recent we mean within 12 months). Alternatively, collect from any of our nationwide pharmacies (including in some Sainsbury's) and have the checks done there free of charge.

    • Microgynon 30

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Microgynon 30 - Contraceptive pill (birth control)
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Rigevidon

    • Cerazette

      Take daily with no pill break

      No need for blood pressure, height and weight checks

      Progestogen-only can mean fewer side effects

      Cerazette - Contraceptive progestogen only pill (birth control)
      Mini
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Evra Patch

      Apply to skin weekly

      Combined contraceptive with less chance of side effects

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Evra - Contraceptive patch
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Gedarel 20

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Low dose can mean fewer side effects

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Gedarel 20 - Contraceptive Pill (birth control)
      Low dose
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Mercilon

    • Yasmin

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Yasmin - Contraceptive pill (birth control)
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Lucette

    • Cerelle

      Take daily with no pill break

      Progestogen-only can mean fewer side effects

      No need for blood pressure, height and weight checks

      Cerelle - Contraceptive progestogen only pill (birth control)
      Mini
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Rigevidon

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Rigevidon - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Microgynon 30

    • Eloine

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Low dose can mean fewer side effects

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Eloine - Contraceptive pill
      Low dose
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Lucette

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Lucette - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Yasmin

    • Femodette

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Low dose can mean fewer side effects

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Femodette - Contraceptive pill
      Low dose
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Millinette 20/75

    • Loestrin 20

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Low dose can mean fewer side effects

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Loestrin 20 - Contraceptive pill
      Low dose
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Ovranette

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Ovranette - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Noriday

      Take daily with no pill break

      No need for blood pressure, height and weight checks

      Progestogen-only can mean fewer side effects

      Noriday - Contraceptive pill
      Mini
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Loestrin 30

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Loestrin 30 - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Norgeston

      Take daily with no pill break

      No need for blood pressure, height and weight checks

      Progestogen-only can mean fewer side effects

      Norgeston - Contraceptive pill
      Mini
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Gedarel 30

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Gedarel 30 - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Marvelon

    • Millinette 20/75

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Low dose can mean fewer side effects

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Millinette 20/75 - Contraceptive pill
      Low dose
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Femodette

    • Microgynon 30 ED

      Take 1 pill daily (21 active and 7 inactive pills in pack)

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Microgynon 30 ED - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Rigevidon

    • Marvelon

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Marvelon - Contraceptive Pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Gedarel 30

    • Mercilon

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Low dose can mean fewer side effects

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Mercilon - Contraceptive pill
      Low dose
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Gedarel 20

    • Qlaira

      Take 1 pill every day, guided by included weekday stickers

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Qlaira - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • NuvaRing

      No daily pill or application to remember

      Flexible, easy to insert and remove

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      NuvaRing - Contraceptive ring
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Logynon

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Logynon - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Norimin

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Norimin - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Brevinor

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Brevinor - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Femodene

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Femodene - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Millinette 30/75

    • Norinyl-1

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Norinyl-1 - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Katya

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Katya - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Femodene ED

      Take 1 pill daily (21 active and 7 inactive pills in pack)

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Femodene ED - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size

      Alternative treatment: Millinette 30/75

    • Cilique

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Cilique - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Millinette 30/75

      Take daily for 21 days, with a 4 or 7-day break

      Combines progestogen and oestrogen

      Need yearly blood pressure, height and weight measurements

      Millinette 30/75 - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
      Strength
      Pack size
    • Cilest

      Cilest has been discontinued and is no longer available

      Cilest - Contraceptive pill
      Combined
    • Yaz contraceptive pill

      Yaz has been discontinued and is no longer available

      Eloine is a low-dose pill that works in the same way as Yaz

      Yaz - Contraceptive pill
      Low dose
    No matching treatments found
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      Important aftercare FAQs

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      What to do about side effects

      Most types of hormonal contraceptives have them, and they vary from person to person. If you find a pill that doesn’t agree with you, try another. In the end, almost all women find a contraceptive that suits them. 

      One possible side effect of the pill is raising your blood pressure. This can be dangerous. If you start to feel ill or get symptoms that worry you, such as: 

      • Blurred vision 
      • Nose bleeds 
      • Dizziness 
      • Chest pain 
      • Headaches 
      • Shortness of breath 

      Please call NHS 111 or, if you think it’s urgent, go to your nearest A&E. 

      What to do if something goes wrong

      You might forget to take your pill. Your patch might come off, or your ring is dislodged. What to do next depends on the contraceptive you’re using.  

      Check the treatments information page on our site or the leaflet that came with it. Alternatively, message us from your Patient Record, or contact your GP or family planning or sexual health clinic.  

      If you need emergency contraception, we can help with our morning-after pill service.  

      STIs (sexually transmitted infections)

      If you're taking contraception like the pill, patch or ring, these don't stop you catching STIs. And you will still need to use condoms to protect yourself. You can order condoms online or get them from your local pharmacy or supermarket.  

      If you've had unprotected sex, you might want to get an STI test. You can order at-home STI test kits from Online Doctor, we'll send the kit with everything you need to take the test and send it back to the lab for analysis. You'll usually get your results within three working days of the kit arriving in the lab.  

      It's recommended that everyone gets tested at least every six months, or every time you have a new sexual partner.  

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