The Combined Pill
The combined pill suits many women well. It contains oestrogen and progestogen hormones similar to the natural hormones in your body. It is reliable for contraception and has extra benefits like lighter periods and the option to avoid having your period at inconvenient times.
Not everyone can use the combined pill. Your doctor or nurse will need to ask about your health and any medicines you take, to make sure you can safely use this kind of pill. Our clinics all keep a wide range of combined pills and you will usually leave the clinic with supplies of your pill.
This skin patch gives you all the benefits of the combined pill. It is easier to use because you don't have to remember it every day. You just change the patch once a week. Currently NHS Scotland only allows us to give the patch to women who have real trouble remembering to take the pill.
The Progestogen-only Pill
This is sometimes called the mini-pill. It contains no oestrogen and is a much lower dose pill than the combined pill. It is often used by women who cannot take the combined pill for medical reasons. There are different types of progestogen-only pill and the doctor or nurse will discuss which one will suit you best.
If you are breast-feeding, or get side-effects from the combined pill, this type of pill might be good for you. Our clinics all keep a wide range of progestogen-only pills and you will usually leave the clinic with supplies of your pill.