Hormonal contraceptives are the most widely used form of temporary contraception and used correctly, are the most efficacious.
A wide variety of preparations exist based upon varying amounts of oestrogen and progesterone, or progesterone only. Most are taken orally but some may be injected or may surgically implanted beneath the skin and left for several years. A contraceptive patch is now available.
Hormonal methods are attractive as:
Last reviewed 01/2018