Mini Pill Soon To Be Accessible Over The Counter In The UK
Getting contraception will become a lot more easy.
Women in the UK will be able to access the contraceptive pill without a prescription in pharmacies at the end of this month.
The progestogen-only pill will cost up to £7.50 a month and will be available after a brief consultation with the pharmacist. The contraception is also available for free, however then a prescription from a doctor will be needed.
If taken correctly the progestogen pill is more than 99% effective, meaning that fewer than 1 in 100 who uses it as contraception will get pregnant within one year.
The two brands that will be available for purchase are Lovima and Hana, both of which contain 75 micrograms of desogestrel, a synthetic progesterone. They are considered safe to take, however possible side effects include among others acne, irregular menstrual bleeding, headaches and nausea.
The president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) Dr. Asha Kasliwal has made a statement, saying that she “fully supports the reclassification of progestogen-only pills to a pharmacy medicine”, which is something the FSRH has “recommended for many years”.