Lovima is a daily hormonal contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy in women and adolescents of child bearing age.
There are 2 main kinds of hormonal contraceptive.
- The combined pill (COC), which contains 2 types of female sex hormone – an oestrogen and a progestogen.
- The progestogen-only pill, POP or mini-pill, which doesn’t contain oestrogen.
Lovima is a progestogen-only pill (POP) or a mini-pill.
It contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone, the progestogen desogestrel.
- Most POPs or mini-pills work primarily by preventing the sperm cells from entering the womb but do not always prevent the egg cell from ripening, which is the main way that combined pills work.
- Desogestrel is different from other mini-pills in that it works primarily by inhibition of ovulation (preventing the egg cell from ripening).
- In contrast to the combined pill, Lovima can be used by women who do not tolerate oestrogens and by women who are breastfeeding.
- A disadvantage is that vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals during the use of Lovima. On the other hand, you may not have any bleeding at all.
Approved by Anju Gill -Pharmacist on the 21/07/2021. For more information, view our medical team