Oral Contraception

Oral Contraception

We provide oral contraception in our clinic.

Oral contraceptive pills contain synthetic hormones and they are one of the methods of contraception for women. The hormones stop the eggs developing, so there is no egg released from the ovary. The cervical mucus will also be thickened and then rendering it impervious to sperms.

There are Combined Oral Contraceptives (COC) and Progestogen Only Pills (POP).

Combined Oral Contraceptives (COC)

COC contain estrogen and progestogen.
The advantages of COC:

  • It can be 99% effective
  • It is convenient, simple to take and does not interfere with sexual intercourse
  • It is not permanent. As soon as you stop taking the pill you can get pregnant.
  • Menstrual problems like heavy menstrual bleeding or painful periods can be improved
  • Some pills can improve acnes

Common side effects of COC include: nausea, weight gain, dizziness, headache, breast tenderness, fluid retention and mood changes. These symptoms are usually transient and disappear after a few weeks.

Progestogen Only Pills (POP)

POP contain progestogen only. Breastfeeding women can use POP 6 weeks after delivery (Breastfeeding women should not use COC). Side effects are similar to COC and usually disappear after a few weeks. Some women may have menstrual irregularities while they are using POP.

Please consult our doctors to see which kind of oral contraceptive is suitable for you.