The progestogen-only pill is sometimes called the mini-pill or POP. Find out how it works and how it might affect your periods.
A woman can get pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is the progestogen-only pill (POP).
It contains the hormone progestogen but doesn't contain oestrogen. The progestogen-only pill has to be taken every day within a specific three-hour time frame.
The POP thickens the mucus in the cervix, which stops sperm reaching an egg. It also thins the lining of the womb so that an egg can't implant itself there. In some women, it stops ovulation.
If taken correctly, it can be 99% effective. This means that one woman in 100 who use the POP will get pregnant in one year.
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