Monday, March 23, 2009 | 4:07 am

The minipill is 96 to 99.7 percent effective. That means that if 100 women used the minipill as their method of contraception for one year, somewhere between none and four of them would have an unplanned pregnancy. As with most other methods, if you use them correctly every day they will be much more effective. If you don’t remember to take the minipill at the same time every day, you will be very much at risk of having an unplanned pregnancy.

Women who are breastfeeding or women who are older, and don’t ovulate as often, generally find the minipill most effective.

Why would I want to choose the minipill?

The minipill could be a good choice for you if you are not able to take oestrogen, or you get side effects that worry you if you take oestrogen. An advantage of the minipill is that if you want to use oral contraception you can take the minipill even if you have some medical conditions that prevent you from taking, the combined pill, for example hypertension, migraines or liver disease. You can also take the minipill if you have had blood clots in the veins, if you have diabetes, or if you are over 35 and smoke.

You may want to choose the minipill if you are breastfeeding and yon want to use oral contraception, since progestogen does not reduce milk supply. You cannot take the combined pill if you are breastfeeding because the oestrogen in it would reduce your milk supply.

Some women will get brown marks on their face when they take the combined Pill and go out in the sun. This does not happen to women on the minipill, though if they have taken the combined Pill first, and got brown marks, the marks may still take many months to fade completely. Some women just like the idea of using a hormonal method of contraception that is fairly effective but has less hormones in it than a combined Pill.


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