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POP, the mini pill
The POP (progestogen-only pill) contains a very small dose of the hormone progestogen.
Sometimes called the mini-pill, the
POP releases progestogen, the synthetic version of progesterone, a
hormone which is naturally produced
by the body.
Side effects are uncommon but may
Most women can safely use the
POP. The POP may be
PARTICULARLY SUITABLE for
Women who have:
Starting the POP for the first time
requires an assessment by a doctor
and a prescription.
All pills in a POP packet are active
pills. There is no pill-free break or
non-hormonal pills. The pill should
be taken at the same time every day
or within 3 hours of that time. To
renew your POP prescription you will
need to see a doctor for review at
least once a year.
A back-up contraceptive (eg,
condoms) should be used for at least
two days if the POP is taken more
than three hours late or forgotten on
any given day. Consider Emergency Contraception if unprotected intercourse occurs.
The POP is available from True clinics as well as gynaecologists and some GPs.