Contraception Comparison

There are a wide range of hormonal contraceptives that provide effective contraceptive cover. The below table allows you to get an overview of contraceptives available so that it's more likely that you'll find one that is most suitable for your body and lifestyle, with a minimum risk of side effects.

Are you are having trouble knowing which contraceptive method to choose from? Why not use the 'My Contraception Tool' to find out which contraceptive method is the right one for you.

Dr Hilary Jones discusses different contraceptive methods

Combined pill Mini-pill Contraceptive ring Contraceptive patch
Examples Yasmin, Dianette & Microgynon Micronor, Noriday & Cerazette NuvaRing Evra
Effectiveness > 99% < 99% > 99% >99%
Use Once a day for 21 days with seven day break Used everyday for 28 days with no break Once a month, followed by a seven day break Once a week followed by a seven-day break
How it's administered Orally (Tablets swallowed with water) Orally (Tablets swallowed with water) Vaginally (Inserted into vagina) Transdermally (Applied to skin)
Ingredients Oestrogen and progestogen Progestogen Oestrogen & progestogen Oestrogen & progestogen
Main Benefits - Contraception
- Can help regulate periods and help minimise the severity of PMS symptoms
- Contraception
- Can minimise the severity of PMS symptoms - Can be taken by most women who can't take the combined pill
- Contraception
- Can help regulate periods
- Can help minimise the severity of PMS symptoms
- Contraception
- Can help regulate periods
- Can help minimise the severity of PMS symptoms
Main side effects Headache,
breast tenderness,
changes in menstrual bleeding,
migraines,
unwanted hair growth
Spotting,
irregular periods,
changes in menstrual bleeding,
unwanted hair growth
Headache,
breast tenderness,
changes in menstrual bleeding,
migraines, unwanted hair growth
Headache,
breast tenderness,
changes in menstrual bleeding,
migraines
Who shouldn't take it Pregnant women,
breastfeeding women,
migraine sufferers,
women who weigh over 14 stone,
women with high blood pressure,
women using other contraceptives
Pregnant,
women who weigh over 14 stone,
women using other contraceptives
Pregnant women,
breastfeeding women,
migraine sufferers,
women who weigh over 14 stone,
women with high blood pressure,
women using other contraceptives
Pregnant women,
breastfeeding women,
migraine sufferers,
women using other contraceptives
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Available Treatment for Contraception
Yasmin contraceptive pills package
4.8/5 - 54 Reviews

Yasmin

  • Alleviates PMS
  • Reduces cramps
  • Can improve skin
Dianette contraceptive pills package
4.8/5 - 44 Reviews

Dianette

  • Alleviates period pains
  • Predicted menstrual cycle
  • Proven acne treatment
Cilest the pill package
4.9/5 - 35 Reviews

Cilest

  • Can regulate period timing
  • Lessens cramps and PMS
  • Easy to take tablets
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