The main points
- Contraceptive pills are daily tablets that are swallowed around the same time every day to prevent pregnancy.
- The two types available in Australia are the Pill (combined pill or oral contraceptive pill) and the mini pill.
- If used correctly both pill types can be over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
The two main types of contraceptive pills available in Australia
The Pill is a daily tablet (also known as the combined pill or oral contraceptive pill). The Pill contains two hormones – oestrogen and progestogen. These are similar to the hormones that are produced by the ovaries.
The mini pill is a daily tablet (also known as the progestogen only pill). The mini pill contains the hormone progestogen. Progestogen is similar to the hormone produced by the ovaries.