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COMBINED PILLS

Take the hassle out of birth control. Speak to a registered UK clinician and get recommendations for the contraceptive pill.

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Buy your combined contraceptive pill online and get it delivered regularly.

What are combined birth control pills?

Well, they combine two hormones: oestrogen and progestin. These hormones affect how and when your body prepares for pregnancy.

There are several different types of combined birth control pill and they’re all just about equally effective at preventing pregnancy. However, some contain higher doses of hormones than others, or use different types of progestin and oestrogen. This means one pill might be ideal for alleviating specific PMS symptoms, while another pill works great for women who are extra-sensitive to hormones. It can feel a bit overwhelming, so we’re here to help.

Do I need a prescription to get combined oral contraceptive pills?

Yes. Combined birth control pills are prescription only, so you’ll need to have a consultation with a doctor before you can start taking them (it’ll be quick, we promise). This is so the doctor can double-check that this specific pill is the best for you, based on your medical history and what you’re looking for.

Birth control isn’t just for preventing pregnancy. Some women want help controlling symptoms around their period, like stomach cramps or heavy bleeding. Others can be sensitive to hormones, in which case the doctor will recommend a pill that comes in a lower dose.

Not quite sure what you’re looking for? No problem. Start your consultation with an EveAdam clinician and you’ll get tailored recommendations to suit you.

Before your consultation, we’ll ask a couple questions to learn more about your medical history. A licensed prescriber will review your answers and recommend a specific combined pill. Then, you’ll create an EveAdam birth control plan based on how often you’d like your refills and, well, that’s it. Your prescription is dispensed by our UK pharmacy and shipped. You’ll get it in one working day.

After that, you’ll keep receiving your prescription every three, six or 12 months, depending on the plan you’ve set. We always use discreet packaging, so your neighbours won’t know how easy it is to never run out of birth control again (unless you tell them).

How does a birth control pill subscription work?

At EveAdam, you set up a birth control plan that works for you. No more five-minutes-before-closing dashes to the pharmacy, or scheduling a doctor’s visit just to get your prescription renewed. Just tell us how often you’d like refills, and we’ll do the rest.

We’ll check in with you after 12 months just to make sure that your pill is still the best choice for you. But if you have anything to tell or ask the doctor, you don’t need to wait. Just log in to your account — we’re always here to answer questions and ready to help if you want to try out a different pill.

We recommend keeping your medical profile up to date. And if you ever want to pause your plan, it’s easy to get started again.

How does a combined pill subscription work?

At EveAdam, you set up a birth control plan that works for you. No more last minute runs to the pharmacy or scheduling a doctor’s appointment just to get your prescription renewed. Just tell us how often you’d like refills, and we’ll do the rest.

We’ll check in with you after 12 months just to make sure that your pill is still the best choice for you. But if you have anything to tell or ask the doctor, you don’t need to wait. Just log in to your account — we’re always here to answer questions and ready to help if you want to try out a different pill.

We recommend keeping your medical profile up to date. And if you ever want to pause your plan, it’s easy to get started again.

How does the combined contraceptive pill work?

The combined pill works in three ways to prevent pregnancy. Here’s the big one: it stops ovulation. That’s when your ovary releases an egg, and it happens once a month. Each egg has the chance to become fertilised, leading to pregnancy. If fertilisation doesn’t happen, the egg gets dispelled along with your period and the whole thing happens again next cycle. (Fun!) Because the combined birth control pill stops ovulation, your chances of becoming pregnant are significantly reduced.

The combined birth control pill also protects you by making the mucus in your cervix thicker. “Thick mucus” isn’t something you normally want to hear but in this case, it’s great news. When it’s thicker, sperm have a much harder time reaching the egg.

The pill will also thin your uterine lining. This lining builds throughout the month and is dispelled during your period. When you’re using birth control, the lining doesn’t build in the same way. As a result, the period you have while taking the pill should be lighter and more manageable.

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Last updated 18/01/2021

WE OFFER [count] COMBINED BIRTH CONTROL PILL OPTIONS.

COMBINED PILL

Cilique
Ethinylestradiol/Norgestimate

Cilique

Cilique is a combined pill used for birth control.

Cimizt
Desogestrel/Ethinylestradiol

Cimizt

Cimizt is a combined hormonal birth control pill. It works to prevent pregnancy.

Elevin
Ethinylestradiol/Levonorgestrel

Elevin

Elevin is a combined hormonal birth control pill.

Eloine
Drospirenone/Ethinylestradiol

Eloine

Eloine is a combined hormonal birth control pill, used to prevent unexpected pregnancy.

Femodene
Gestodene/Ethinylestradiol

Femodene

The same as Katya. Higher dose version of Femodette.

Femodette
Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Femodette

Low-dose combined pill, suitable for women who are more sensitive to oestrogen.

Gedarel
Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel

Gedarel

Same medication as Marvelon and Cimitz. Lower oestrogen dosage available.

Katya
Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Katya

‘Monophasic’ pill, so each pill has the same amount of hormones in it.

Levest
Levonorgestrel/Ethinylestradiol

Levest

21-day pill. Very similar to Rigevidon and Microgynon.

Lizinna
Ethinylestradiol/Norgestimate

Lizinna

Safest pill category. Very similar to Cilest and Cilique.

Logynon
Ethinylestradiol/Levonorgestrel

Logynon

Triphasic pill, so it contains three different doses of hormones. Available as a 21 or 28 day pill.

Lucette
Drospirenone/Ethinyl estradiol

Lucette

21-day pill. Very similar pill to Yasmin.

Marvelon
Desogestrel/Ethinylestradiol

Marvelon

21-day pill. Higher dose version of Mercilon.

Mercilon
Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel

Mercilon

Very similar to Marvelon, but contains less oestrogen.

Microgynon
Levonorgestrel/Ethinylestradiol

Microgynon

Very similar to Rigevidon, Ovranette and Levest.

Millinette
Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Millinette

Combined pill that’s available in two different doses, so it’s good for oestrogen sensitivity.

Sold Out Norinyl-1
Norethisterone/Mestranol

Norinyl-1

The same medication as Norimin-1, a different hormone that Norimin. Unique pill that uses different types of hormones to other pills.

Ovranette
Ethinylestradiol/Levonorgestrel

Ovranette

The same active ingredients as Microgynon, made by a different company.

Qlaira
Estradiol/Dienogest

Qlaira

Quadriphasic pill, so four different amounts of hormones in the pills.

Rigevidon
Estradiol/Dienogest

Rigevidon

21-day pill. Very similar to Ovranette, Microgynon and Levest.

Sunya
Ethinylestradiol/Gestodene

Sunya

Same pill as Millinette and Femodette but made by a different company.

Synphase
Norethisterone/Ethinylestradiol

Synphase

Biphasic 21-day combined pill, so two different quantities of hormones.

TriRegol
Ethinylestradiol/Levonorgestrel

TriRegol

Phasic pill like Logynon, but made by a different company.

Yacella
Ethinylestradiol/Drospirenone

Yacella

21-day pill. Very similar to Yasmin and Lucette.

Yasmin
Drospirenone/Ethinylestradiol

Yasmin

The same active ingredients as Eloine, with a little more oestrogen.

You may experience side effects when using birth control.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE COMBINED CONTRACEPTIVE PILL

When to start taking the combined birth control pill

It depends on whether you’re taking the pill for the first time, coming back after a break, or switching from a different type of birth control. If you’re taking the pill for the first time, you can start on any day.

When you start using the pill on the first day of your period, you’re protected from becoming pregnant immediately — so you don’t need to worry about using a condom. You’ll also be protected immediately if you start taking the pill before the fifth day of your period.

If you start using the pill after the fifth day of your cycle, you won’t be protected right away. Use a back-up birth control method (like condoms) for seven days while the pill starts to work.

Another option is the Sunday start approach. If you start taking the pill on the first Sunday after your period begins, you avoid withdrawal bleeding on a weekend (if you want to skip having your period on a weekend, this is the way to go).

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