Female contraception is the name given to hormonal contraceptive methods used by women who are sexually active and want to protect themselves from unwelcome pregnancies and menstrual symptoms. The hormonal contraceptive methods best known and used by women around the world include the combined contraceptive pill, the mini pill, the contraceptive patch and the contraceptive ring. These contain various synthetic versions of the naturally produced female hormones – oestrogen and progesterone. When used correctly, many of these contraceptive methods are up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Meds4all offers a vast selection of hormonal contraceptives methods to choose from. There are many options available and most women that search for contraceptive methods on the site are already using a form of contraception or have been recommended it by their doctor. Some popular contraceptive products include Yasmin, Cilest, Zoely and Microgynon. If you are unsure as to which is the best contraceptive treatment for you, then please ensure you read more about each type. Although they are all very similar in nature, there are a few exceptions and differences. Here at Meds4all, we know that contraception accidents can happen, that’s why we also offer the morning-after-pill, which can be found in our emergency contraception section.
How does hormonal contraception work?
The main forms of hormonal contraceptives – like the combined pill, mini pill, patch and ring – use synthetic versions of the female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones usually work in a variety of ways to help prevent pregnancy. The primary aim is to prevent any sperm that enters the uterus from fertilising an egg. They also work to prevent ovulation by making the body believe that ovulation has already occurred, stopping the release of an egg from the ovaries. Another method involves the thickening of the cervical mucus, which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus successfully. Lastly, they help to thin the womb lining, so in the event of that an egg was to be released, it would not be able to attach itself to the womb walls and grow.
Benefits of female hormonal contraception?
Hormonal contraception has been clinically proven for many years to be almost 100% effective in preventing pregnancy when used properly. Seen as one of the most reliable forms of contraception available for women, hormonal contraception has allowed millions of women to enjoy sexual activity with a partner without the worry of falling pregnant. Many hormonal contraceptives like the combined contraceptive pill, have known to have other beneficial properties, treating problems like painful periods, heavy periods, acne, and even endometriosis. With more than 20 types of combined contraceptive and mini pills available, finding the contraceptive that is right for you has never been easier.
Is hormonal contraception suitable for me?
Finding the right contraceptive method will greatly help to reduce your chance of experiencing side effects. With a wide range of contraceptives available, you may need to try a few to find the one most suited to you. It is advised that you discuss with your doctor your exact needs so that a suitable treatment can be recommended. Certain health conditions however may prohibit you from using certain forms of contraception. If you smoke, are classified as obese or diabetic, if you suffer with high blood pressure, have high cholesterol, immobility or vein inflammation, your choice of hormonal contraception may be restricted.
Forms of hormonal contraceptives
Combined contraceptive pill
This is the most used and widely available female contraceptive method. Easy to use and safe, it provides a high efficacy rate because of the the two female sex hormones that it is composed from, oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones promote the suspension of eggs released from the ovaries, eliminating the chances of pregnancy as the sperm has nothing to fertilise. Finding the correct pill can help to also reduce your chance of experiencing side effects. With many variants of combined contraception pills available, you may need to try a few to find the one most suitable for your body.
Known also as the POP (progestogen-only pill), the mini pill is a birth control method that only makes use of the synthetic version of the naturally made progestogen hormone. Given its lighter composition, the mini pill is particularly suited to women who are breast-feeding, who cannot take oestrogen, and those who smoke. The side effects of the mini pill are, on average, lower than those found in other hormonal contraceptive methods.
Another contraceptive method is the patch, or transdermal patch. This is a hormonal contraceptive method considered by many to be an effective alternative to the pill. The innovative feature of the patch is demonstrated through its ability to release the hormones (oestrogen and progestogen) through the skin. The patch is applied once a week, usually on either arm and is an ideal solution for all those women in need of a contraceptive alternative to the pill, that does not require having to remember a daily pill.
The contraceptive ring, or vaginal, ring is a flexible form of contraception that allows a quick and simple vaginal insertion, as well as a constant release of the oestrogen and progestogen hormones into the body once a month. The contraceptive ring is the ideal contraceptive for women that want a valid substitute for the pill and a lower chance of side effects. It is usually easily inserted into the vagina and left for 21 days, it is then removed for a seven day break. During this break you are likely to experience a withdrawal bleed, but will still be fully protected. Once the seven day break is over, a new ring is to be inserted.
Names of generic hormones in contraceptives
Below are a list of the main hormonal contraceptive types and their generic titles. It may be the case that your medication has more than two different names, this is standard as all contraceptive treatments have a synthetic name for their hormonal counterparts. Generic names usually start with a lower case letter, while brand names are in capital letters.
|Generic name||Common brand name(s)|
|Combined oral contraceptive pill|
|ethinylestradiol with norethisterone||BiNovum, Brevinor, Loestrin, TriNovum|
|ethinylestradiol with norgestimate||Cilest|
|ethinylestradiol with desogestrel||Marvelon, Mercilon|
|ethinylestradiol with drospirenone||Yasmin|
|ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel||Logynon, Microgynon, Ovranette|
|ethinylestradiol with gestodene||Femodene, Femodene, Femodette|
|ethinylestradiol with cyproterone acetate||Dianette|
|estradiol with dienogest||Qlaira|
|estradiol with nomegestrol||Zoely|
|ethinylestradiol with norelgestromin||Evra|
|ethinylestradiol with etonogestrel||NuvaRing|
Buying hormonal contraception online at Meds4All
Finding contraception suited to you has never been easier. From the pill to the patch or ring, you can buy your hormonal contraception online here at Meds4all. Not only do we have many forms of female contraceptives for you to choose from, but our next day delivery service also means that you can get your contraceptive the very next day (or same day delivery if eligible). Once you select the contraceptive that you require, you can proceed to our free and discreet online consultation so that our doctor can check that the medication is right for you. Once approved, a prescription will be sent to our pharmacy and your contraceptive treatment will be with you in no time at all.