The Pill we talk about here refers to all the oral hormonal method of contraception. The Pill is the most popular contraceptive out there and since its introduction in the 60’s almost 200 million women have used the Pill. The Pill contains certain chemicals (normally the hormones Progestogen and Oestrogen) that stop your egg from being released by your ovaries. When taken correctly the pill is up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The Pill can also make your periods lighter (awesome), less painful (super awesome) and more regular (super super awesome).

Unfortunately using the Pill as a method of contraception only stops pregnancy and not STI’s like HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, and Herpes etc. The Pill can also have some side-effects, such as weight changes, some tenderness in your breasts and a small minority of girls who take the Pill report some skin problems. The Pill needs to be taken regularly – set your phone alarm or get into a routine – and even one missed Pill can cause pregnancy (eeek). The Pill needs to be prescribed by your doctor so chat with them first about the different brands and which one is right for you.

The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.

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