Hormonal contraceptives are the most effective way of preventing pregnancy. The combined contraceptive pill, mini-pill, patch and ring provide almost 100% effective protection against pregnancy and are used by millions of women across Europe. The wide selection of hormonal contraceptives available means that you have the option to select the best and most comfortable birth control method for you and your body.
While oral contraceptive pills like the combined pill and mini-pill remain the most popular method of contraception, recent statistics show that more and more women today are using other methods of hormonal contraception such as the contraceptive patch and the contraceptive ring, which are equally as effective.
euroClinix offers the most popular and effective contraceptive methods available in the UK. Ranging from the contraceptive pill and mini-pill, to the patch and the ring, to emergency contraception; you can find the contraceptive that suits you best. All you need to do is choose a contraceptive method and complete an online consultation with our registered doctors so they can make sure it's safe for you to use your chosen birth control method. If you place an order with euroClinix, it will be sent to you via free overnight delivery.
Combined contraceptive pills contain both synthetic oestrogen and progestogen, which work together with your body’s naturally fluctuating hormone cycle. Combined pills can include monophasic, biphasic and triphasic pills, each with varying levels of hormones which change as your cycle naturally would.
Mini-pills contain only synthetic progestogen and are usually taken by women who smoke and/or are older than 35, who are unable to take combined pills because of the added oestrogen. Mini-pills have a lower risk of side effects because they contain no added oestrogen, and are taken for the full 28 days of your cycle.
The contraceptive patch is an alternative combined contraceptive treatment to the pill, releasing the same amounts of both synthetic oestrogen and progestogen, but in a steady dosage. This results in a lower risk of side effects, and is quite a popular choice for women who find it inconvenient to take a pill every day.
The contraceptive ring, or vaginal ring, is another alternative to the combined pill. Only one ring is used in a cycle; used continuously for three weeks, with one ring-free week. Also releasing synthetic oestrogen and progestogen into the body, the ring provides protection against pregnancy in the same way as the combined contraceptive pill.
Emergency contraceptive pills release more concentrated doses of the synthetic oestrogen and progestogen hormones. Depending on which option you choose, you can take a pill either within 72 hours (Levonelle) or within five days (ellaOne) of unprotected sex. You can use this contraceptive more than once in your cycle, but it won’t be as effective.