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Contraceptives
Our Contraceptives section contains a wide range of oral contraceptive pills that are used for effective birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy. These include combination contraceptives pills and progesterone only mini-pills also an emergency contraceptive pill. A progesterone injection is also available. Some of these contraceptives can also be used as medications for other conditions, including, menstrual problems, endometriosis, hirsutism and acne.

The different classes of Contraceptives are listed on the left of the page and when you click on one of these, the principal brand name products display in the left column and generic alternatives to the right.

Use the search feature to quickly find the product you are looking for, by entering either the active ingredient, e.g. ethinylestradiol or the product name, e.g. Tricilest.

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Our Contraceptives section contains a wide range of oral contraceptive pills that are used for effective birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy. These include combination contraceptives pills and progesterone only mini-pills also an emergency contraceptive pill. A progesterone injection is also available. Some of these contraceptives can also be used as medications for other conditions, including, menstrual problems, endometriosis, hirsutism and acne.

The different classes of Contraceptives are listed on the left of the page and when you click on one of these, the principal brand name products display in the left column and generic alternatives to the right.

Use the search feature to quickly find the product you are looking for, by entering either the active ingredient, e.g. ethinylestradiol or the product name, e.g. Tricilest.

...Read more

Contraception and birth control

The menstrual cycle is all about preparation for pregnancy and depends on a complex interaction between female sex hormones that are produced in peaks and troughs by the ovaries at specific times in the cycle.

Estrogen stimulates egg maturation and levels peak mid-cycle to stimulate ovulation. Progesterone prepares the endometrium (lining of the uterus) for implantation of an embryo. These two hormones are under the control of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteunising hormone (LH) produced by the pituitary gland, which are in turn under the control of gonadotrophin releasing hormones produced by the hypothalamus in the brain.

Contraception or birth control is based on maintaining consistent levels of estrogen and progesterone, which disrupts normal hormonal interaction to prevent egg maturation and suppress ovulation. Contraception also prevents development of the endometrium, so that if an egg was fertilised it would not be able to implant and grow.

At ovulation cervical mucus changes consistency to become thinner. Contraceptives prevent this change so that the mucus remains thick, forming a physical barrier to sperm.

Types of oral contraceptives

Contraceptive pills contain synthetic hormones that work in the same way as natural estrogens and progesterones. There are four different types of contraceptive pill:
  • Combination contraceptive pills that contain a synthetic estrogen and a synthetic progesterone.

  • Progesterone alone pills contain a low dose of a synthetic progesterone, and are known as the mini-pill.

  • Combination pills that contain a synthetic estrogen and an anti-androgen are used to treat women with symptoms of high androgen levels, while at the same time providing contraception.

  • Emergency contraceptive pill contains a high dose of synthetic progesterone and is known as the morning-after pill, as it is a one-off pill taken after unprotected sex.

Contraceptive injection

A synthetic progesterone in an injectable form can also be used for contraception.
...Read more

Contraception and birth control

The menstrual cycle is all about preparation for pregnancy and depends on a complex interaction between female sex hormones that are produced in peaks and troughs by the ovaries at specific times in the cycle.

Estrogen stimulates egg maturation and levels peak mid-cycle to stimulate ovulation. Progesterone prepares the endometrium (lining of the uterus) for implantation of an embryo. These two hormones are under the control of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteunising hormone (LH) produced by the pituitary gland, which are in turn under the control of gonadotrophin releasing hormones produced by the hypothalamus in the brain.

Contraception or birth control is based on maintaining consistent levels of estrogen and progesterone, which disrupts normal hormonal interaction to prevent egg maturation and suppress ovulation. Contraception also prevents development of the endometrium, so that if an egg was fertilised it would not be able to implant and grow.

At ovulation cervical mucus changes consistency to become thinner. Contraceptives prevent this change so that the mucus remains thick, forming a physical barrier to sperm.

Types of oral contraceptives

Contraceptive pills contain synthetic hormones that work in the same way as natural estrogens and progesterones. There are four different types of contraceptive pill:
  • Combination contraceptive pills that contain a synthetic estrogen and a synthetic progesterone.

  • Progesterone alone pills contain a low dose of a synthetic progesterone, and are known as the mini-pill.

  • Combination pills that contain a synthetic estrogen and an anti-androgen are used to treat women with symptoms of high androgen levels, while at the same time providing contraception.

  • Emergency contraceptive pill contains a high dose of synthetic progesterone and is known as the morning-after pill, as it is a one-off pill taken after unprotected sex.

Contraceptive injection

A synthetic progesterone in an injectable form can also be used for contraception.
...Read more

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