For those in the medical community, microgynon is the medically certified name for ‘the pill’. It contains two active ingredients, ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel. These are synthesized versions of the natural female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.
The pill falls into two categories, the normal ‘pill’ and the ‘mini pill’. Both types can be purchased over the counter or online after obtaining a doctor’s prescription. The advantages of taking both categories of pill are the oral consumption aspect. There is certain simplicity with oral consumption over other methods and it can easily be tracked; consumption can easily be monitored through the days printed onto the packaging. Essentially, you know if you have missed the pill because the tablet will still be in the packet!
Advantages and Other Information
Oral hormonal contraceptive has been proven to be 99% effective in the prevention of pregnancy. However, it is only effective when it is used in the correct way. If a pill is missed or an individual is running out of pills, than the effectiveness is said to decrease to around 91%. There are other options available to purchase on the market such as contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices, which are both copper and hormonal.
Thus, the advantage of the oral pill is easily being able to track when you had it (on a day-by-day basis) and the simplicity of the method used to consume it. Furthermore, the oral consumption method will have hopefully been discussed beforehand with a doctor, so they would be able to give you advice.
The effectiveness of the pill is another advantage. It has a proven prevention rate of 99%, and if taken properly and regularly, it is virtually impossible to fall pregnant.
Other Forms of Contraceptive
There are many forms of other contraceptive that can be used to prevent pregnancy. Condoms, both male and female forms, are used as barriers to prevent sperm from fertilizing the egg. Condoms have a success rate of 96% and are often the chosen alternative if a woman is not taking ‘the pill’. Condoms can be purchased freely from any good chemists or supermarkets.
Another option is an implant, whereby a woman will have a small 40mm flexible tube inserted into the skin of the upper arm. The implant last for 3 years and is inserted by a medical professional. The implant prevents the release of the egg from the ovary, by slowly injecting progestogen into the body; this enhances the cervical mucus.