The mini-pill is not a low-strength version of the ordinary pill.
It's a completely different product, because it contains only 1 hormone, instead of two and is also referred to as the ‘progestogen-only pill', or POP. It ‘milder' and has less side effects, but also less effective.
- it is a satisfactory form of contraception
- it is useful for those women who can't take the ordinary pill because of risk factors such as being a diabetic, a smoker, having high blood pressure and breastfeeding mothers.
- it's less effective
- it doesn't control periods
- you have to take it every day of the year, even when you're on your period
Unlike like barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, oral contraceptives do not protect you from getting sexually transmitted infections. You should always use condoms during sexual intercourse to protect yourself from catching an infection.