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.

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