Contraception & Emergency Contraception Service
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Combined Oral Contraceptive Pills
|Brevinor (63 tablets)||£3.00|
|Cilest (63 tablets)||£4.49|
|Loestrin 20 (63 tablets)||£4.12|
|Loestrin 30 (4 tablets)||£5.92|
|Logynon (63 tablets)||£5.73|
|Microgynon 30 (63 tablets)||£4.23|
|Microgynon 30 (84 tablets)||£3.81|
|Yasmin (63 tablets)||£22.00|
Progestogen Only Contraceptive Pills
|Femulen (84 tablets)||£4.96|
|Micronor (84 tablets)||£2.49|
|Norgeston (35 tablets)||£1.38|
|Noriday (84 tablets)||£3.15|
|Cerazette (84 tablets)||£13.00|
Emergency Contraceptive Pills
|Levonelle 1500 (morning after pill)||£7.80|
Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill
The combined oral contraceptive (COC) pill contains two hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. It may be taken by women to prevent pregnancy. Sometimes, the COC pill may also be taken for:
- painful or heavy periods,
- premenstrual syndrome, or
The main types of COC pill are described below.
Standard strength oestrogen: 21 day
As the name suggests, standard strength oestrogen pills contain a standard strength of oestrogen (30-35 micrograms) together with a progestogen. Each pack contains 21 pills. A pill is taken every day for three weeks, then there is a pill-free break for seven days, then a new pack of pills is started.
If the pills are all the same colour, they contain the same amount of oestrogen and progestogen throughout the cycle. They're sometimes called monophasic pills.
If the pills are different colours, they contain different amounts of oestrogen and progestogen depending on the stage of the cycle. They're sometimes called biphasic or triphasic pills.
Standard strength oestrogen: 28 day or every day (ED)
Standard strength oestrogen pills contain a standard strength of oestrogen (30-35 micrograms) together with a progestogen. Each pack contains 28 pills: 21 active pills and seven inactive or 'dummy' pills. A pill is taken every day for 28 days, and then a new pack of pills is started. There is no pill-free break.
If the active pills (first 21 pills) are all the same colour, they contain the same amount of oestrogen and progestogen throughout the cycle. They're sometimes called monophasic pills.
If the active pills (first 21 pills) are different colours, they contain different amounts of oestrogen and progestogen depending on the stage of the cycle. They're sometimes called biphasic or triphasic pills.
The inactive pills (last seven pills) are white and larger than the active pills.
Low strength oestrogen: 21 day
Low strength oestrogen pills contain a low strength of oestrogen (20 micrograms) plus a progestogen.
Each pack contains 21 pills. A pill is taken every day for three weeks, then there is a pill-free break for seven days, then a new pack of pills is started.
The low strength oestrogen COC pill may be considered if you're at risk of developing blood clots, but are otherwise suitable for a COC pill. (See the 'special considerations' section.)
Dianette (also called co-cyprindiol) is a special type of pill that's used when women want a treatment for acne or unwanted hair growth, and also want contraception. For routine contraception, the COC pills described above are preferred.
The progestogen-only pill (POP) is a form of oral contraception that is taken by a woman to stop her getting pregnant when she has sex. While the combined contraceptive pill contains both the female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen, this type of contraceptive pill contains only progestogen.
This makes it an option for women who cannot take the combined contraceptive pill, such as those over the age of 35, or those who smoke.
A pack of POPs contains 28 pills. One pill is taken every day of the menstrual cycle.
There are two different types of POP. They vary because they must be taken at specific times of the day.
Three-hour progestogen-only pill
This type of POP must be taken within three hours of the same time each day. There are several different brand names of this type of pill, including:
Twelve-hour progestogen-only pill
This type of POP must be taken within twelve hours of the same time each day. It's less commonly used than the three-hour pill, and comes in a brand called Cerazette.
Emergency Contraceptive Pill (Morning After Pill)
The emergency contraceptive pill, which is commonly known as the morning after pill, can be used by a woman to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex.
The emergency contraceptive pill is a method of emergency contraception, and it is not intended to be a regular form of contraception.
The emergency contraceptive pill can also be used if another method of contraception has failed, for example, if a condom splits.
We supply Levonelle 1500 which is currently the only morning after pill available.
Levonelle 1500 contains levonorgestrel (a female sex hormone).
The 'morning after' pill can be used up to 72 hours after having sex.
The emergency contraceptive pill can be used up to three days (72 hours) after having unprotected sex. However, the sooner it is taken, the more likely it will prevent pregnancy.
The emergency contraceptive pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
About Your Consultation
There is no charge for your online consultation. The cost of a private prescription is £24. If your consultation is successful a private prescription will be issued. If your consultation is unsuccessful you will be refunded in full.
You will receive an email detailing the doctor's diagnosis, usually within 1 working day of completing your online consultation.
If a private prescription is issued it will be sent to PharmacyDirectGB. If you purchased your medication at the same time as your private prescription, your order will be dispatched automatically.
If your consultation is successful, but you did not purchase any medication, you will have the opportunity to log back into PharmacyDirectGB and buy the medication you require.