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 progesterone only / mini pill (POP) is a small tablet you swallow daily that (unlike the combined pill) only contains one hormone – progesterone, and is often used by women that can’t tolerate oestrogen. This means fewer than 1 in 100 women who use the progestogen only pill as contraception will get pregnant in 1 year.

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.