Hormonal contraceptives explained

Contraceptives are split into two types – types that contain hormones (like the pill), and types that don’t contain hormones (like condoms).

Estradiol hemihydrate

Estradiol hemihydrate is a synthetic form of oestrogen (like the hormone oestrogen naturally found in your body but made in a lab).

A Guide to Estradiol valerate

estradiol valerate

Estradiol valerate is a synthetic form of oestrogen (like the hormone oestrogen naturally found in your body but made in a lab).

Mestranol

mestranol

Mestranol is a synthetic form of oestrogen (like the hormone oestrogen naturally found in your body, but made in a lab).

The Lowdown pill ‘groups’ explained

Many contraceptive pill brands contain exactly the same hormonal ingredients as each other, but are simply branded with a different name. To make it easier to understand the differences, we put them into groups.

Norelgestromin

Norelgestromin is a third-generation synthetic progestin, making it a pretty recent addition to the collection of contraceptive hormones.