Is Freya effective?
Freya is an effective form of oral contraception for preventing unplanned pregnancies. Like other estrogen-progestin oral contraceptives (COCs), Freya is over 97 per cent effective at preventing pregnancy when taken as directed. To be taken as directed, the pills in your pack should be taken at the same time every day. If you have the 21-day pack, you can take a one-week break between packs, or jump into your next pack if you want to skip your period. If you have a 28-day pack, you can take the 7 placebo pills before starting your next pack, or skip them and begin a new one. When taken correctly, a 97 per cent effectiveness rate means that if 100 women take Freya correctly for a year while being sexually active, only three will get pregnant per year. This makes Freya a very effective method of birth control. To compare to the baseline likelihood of becoming pregnant, if no birth control is used, somewhere between 60 to 85 women out of 100 will become pregnant in a year. Using condoms, between 2 and 12 women out of 100 will become pregnant in a year. A combination estrogen-progestin oral contraceptive like Freya, provided it contains at least 20 micrograms of estrogen, will only result in less than three women becoming pregnant, making it a very effective choice.