Alternatives to Enskyce
Low-estrogen oral contraceptives, such as Enskyce, are particularly suited to women who are sensitive to estrogens, as they help to reduce estrogen-sensitive side effects such as breast tenderness and headaches. However, there are many different types and brands of oral contraceptives, containing different forms and doses of the hormones, and it is not uncommon to try a few before finding one that is right for you. Most women start off with a standard-dose combined oral contraceptive, unless it is contraindicated by an existing health condition or prescription, in which case a progestogen-only pill (also known as the mini pill) may be better suited. The mini pill contains progestogen only and is taken in a continuous fashion, which means a monthly bleed does not occur.
Non-oral forms of hormonal contraceptive are also available and are useful if you struggle to remember to take your pills each day. Forms of non-oral hormonal contraceptives include implants (Implanon, Nexplanon), injections (Depo-Provera), and intrauterine devices (IUD, Mirena, ParaGard, Skyla, Liletta, Kyleena). In particular, IUDs are suited to women with certain existing health conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, as it works locally on the reproductive system. To understand which type of contraceptives would be suitable for you, speak to your doctor or health worker.
If you don’t want to use hormonal contraceptives, you can rely on barrier methods instead. These include a cervical cap (FemCap) and condoms. Barrier contraceptives, when used correctly, are the only form of contraception to offer protection from STIs.