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.

Everything you need to know – Progestogen-only pill (POP)

Progestogen-only pill graphic

What is the progesterone only pill?

The progestogen-only pill, aka progesterone only pill, POP or ‘mini pill’, is one of the most frequently reviewed methods at The Lowdown. Funnily enough, it only contains one hormone progestogen in it, unlike the combined pill which also contains oestrogen. It’s very commonly used and considered very safe for most women.

An introduction to your hormones and menstrual cycle

In order to understand how contraception affects our bodies – we first need to make sure we understand how our bodies work naturally, without any contraception interfering with things. If you haven’t thought much about the hormones that control your menstrual cycle since ‘The Talk’ in Year 8, then read on.