Progestin-only Pills (POPs)

(Failure rate: 0.4-4 per 100 women)

POPs is also known as the Mini-Pills. Unlike COCPs that contains hormones estrogen and progestin, POPs only consists of progestin. It is an option for women who are not suitable to take estrogen due to underlying medical conditions or other side effects of the hormone. It is suited for women who are motivated who can maintain reliable and timely pill-taking

How do POPs work?
POPS work by preventing ovulation and thickens the mucus and lining of the cervix, preventing the sperm to reach the egg.

Other Medical Benefits of POPs:
Lighter, shorter and less painful periods

Possible Side Effects of POPs:

  • Irregular periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain

Contraindication for taking POPs:

  • Allergy to progesterone
  • Poor unreliable pill taker
  • Pregnant
  • Vaginal bleeding that was undiagnosed
  • Previous ectopic pregnancy

How do I take POPs?

You are advised to take the pill every day at the same time. You are advise to take extra precautionary contraceptive measures such as condom for 7 days after staring POPs.

What is considered Missed Pills when taking POPs?
You are considered missed pills if you are late to take your daily pills for >3 hour. You should take the missed pill as soon as possible, and followed by the following pill at your usual daily time. In this instance, extra contraceptive methods are required for the next 7 days.

what is the active ingredient of POPs?

There are many brands of POPS, with similar active ingredient: norethindrone 35μg

Please speak to your trusted doctor for further advice and choice of contraception before starting.

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