Progestogen Only Pill

What is it ?

A tablet which contains only the hormone progestogen.Progestogen Pill

How does the progestogen only pill work?

All Progestogen Only Pills work by thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm reaching the egg and thinning the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation of a fertilised egg. Some Progestogen Only Pills work mainly by preventing ovulation (release of an egg).

How to take the Progestogen Only Pill

The tablet must be taken every day of the month, there is no break in taking the pill even during a period.

How effective is the progestogen only pill?

It is over 99% effective if used according to instructions.

What are the advantages of the progestogen only pill?

This pill can be used up to the age of 55years. It can be used in women who cannot take oestrogen e.g. suffer migraines, those over 35 years of age and smoke, have high blood pressure. It can also be used by women who are breast feeding.

What are the disadvantages of the progestogen only pill?

Periods may be irregular.. There may be temporary side-effects such as headaches, spotty skin, weight change or breast tenderness.

Does the progestogen only pill protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections?

No, condoms are the only form of contraception which gives protection against some infections.