Birth control is an important consideration for any sexually active woman. Although the only completely fool proof method to prevent an unintended pregnancy is abstinence, there are many effective birth control options available which can greatly reduce your risk of getting pregnant.

One of the most commonly prescribed contraceptive options is the Birth Control Pill. Many women find ‘the pill’ to be a convenient and well-tolerated choice, which can be easily taken orally for 21 days each month. The Birth Control Pill is considered more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy when taking carefully as prescribed each month.

How does the Birth Control Pill work?
Birth control pills use the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone to prevent the release of eggs from a woman’s ovaries each month during ovulation. Normally a woman can become pregnant when the male sperm reaches her egg. The goal of birth control pill contraception is to stop the meeting of egg and sperm, preventing an unwanted potential pregnancy. In addition to preventing the release of an egg, the birth control pill also thickens cervical mucus and thins the womb lining, both of which provided added protection from possible pregnancy.

Which kind of Birth Control Pill should I choose?
If you’ve made the decision to take the pill, your doctor may recommend one of several types available. It is very important to take your birth control pills at the same time each day, and to not miss a dose. You can buy Levest or Logynon online, both popular birth control brands in the UK. It’s just as quick and easy to buy Lucette and Millinette online, depending on your preference. Just be sure to never run out of pills, as any days you miss may lower the effectiveness of your contraception.

Whichever brand you choose, be aware that birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and infections, and no contraception method except for abstinence is 100 percent effective. Speak with your doctor about your options to decide what’s best for you and your lifestyle.