how do I take the progestogen-only pill?
There are 2 different types of progestogen-only pill. Both types have 28 pills in a pack and one pill should be taken each day, without a break between packs of pills. However, the time you take the pill differs:
(Traditional progestogen-only pill) – Must be taken within 3 hours of the same time each day.
(Desogestrel progestogen-only pill) – Must be taken within 12 hours of the same time each day.
Follow the instructions that come with your packet. If you have any questions, ask a doctor, nurse or pharmacist. It's important to take the pills as instructed, because missing pills or taking them at the same time as certain medicines may make them less effective.
The mini pill can be prescribed to you free of charge by a doctor or nurse or you can purchase it yourself.
When you first start the progestogen-only pill you will usually be given a three-month supply. Follow up appointments and reviews are then usually every 6-12 months providing there are no issues.
You can get contraception for free, even if you're under 16, from:
Sexual health clinics
Some GP surgeries
Some young people's services
You can also purchase the mini pill at a pharmacy after speaking to a pharmacist or from an online pharmacy after filling out an online questionnaire.
PP-UN-WHC-GB-0078 September 2023