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Mini-pill 💊

What is it?

The mini-pill is a hormonal contraceptive that is taken orally. It’s different from the regular birth control pill, because while regular birth control contains two hormones (estrogen and progesterone) the mini-pill only contains progesterone.

The mini-pill can be prescribed by a doctor or, in Quebec, by a specialized nurse 👩‍⚕‍ who can also prescribe it for up to six months.

How do I use it?

The mini-pill needs to be taken at the same time every day, as per the instructions on the box. When you finish a box you need to start a new one, so you never take a break from taking this contraceptive. It is very important to take the pill at the same time every day, because missing a dose can seriously impact its effectiveness. To help you remember, you can set an alarm on your phone and make sure you always have the pills with you by keeping them in your bag.

👍 Advantages

  • The mini-pill is a great option for people who cannot take birth control that contains estrogen.
  • The mini-pill can make your periods lighter and less painful.
  • The cost of the mini-pill is covered by the Québec Health Insurance Plan.

👎 Disadvantages

  • This contraceptive requires you to be extra vigilant, because it needs to be taken at the exact same time every day. Even a three-hour delay can make it less effective. Click on this text to learn what to do if you miss a dose.
  • The mini-pill does not protect you against sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs).

Sources: FQPN; S.O.S Grossesse [French only]