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Many women use birth control pills as their go-to method of contraception. But for others, the traditional Pill is not an option. Thanks to its estrogen content, the Pill you know and love is a nonstarter for women who are nursing or who have certain health concerns. Fortunately, the Pill isn’t the only pill game in town.
What many women don't know is that there is another Pill option out there—called the progestin-only pill (POP), or the minipill—that doesn't get nearly as much airtime.
What’s the difference between a progestin-only pill and a combination pill?
Combination birth control pills contain both estrogen and progestin, a synthetic form…
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The pills contain desogestrel, a synthetic progesterone that inhibits ovulation and prevents fertilisation by thickening the cervical mucus and thinning the uterus lining.
For women weighing their contraception options, there are several things to consider.
The progestogen-only pill, better known as the progesterone only pill, mini pill or POP, is a form of contraceptive pill which contains synthetic progestogen, similar to progesterone naturally produced by the female body. It is often used by women who are unable to use combined contraception which contains oestrogen, such as if you are breastfeeding or have a history of migraines.
Designed to be taken at the same time every day, the mini pill is one of the more popular contraceptives with common brands including Cerelle, Cerazette, Norgeston and Noriday.
The birth control pill is often touted as the backbone of the sexual revolution and women’s liberation. It’s the most popular method of birth control for American women and a widely employed contraceptive worldwide.
Yet while the pill has given women more control over their bodies, it has not been the perfect solution.
Birth control containing the hormone progestin by itself does not increase the risk of depression, according to an investigation of more than two dozen studies’ results. In fact, many of the studies found slightly lower depression scores among the women using progestin-based contraception.
A progestin-only contraceptive is one kind of birth control pill. It is often called the “mini-pill.” Regular birth control pills have two female hormones: estrogen and progesterone. The mini-pill has only progesterone in it. Because this pill doesn't contain estrogen, it may not have as many side effects.
With typical use, 9 in 100 women will get pregnant during the first year of using progestin-only pills. With perfect use—meaning people never forget to take a pill and always take them at the same time every day—fewer than 1 in 100 women will get pregnant during the first year of using progestin-only pills.
Four things nobody ever told you about the “minipill.”