If you are a sexually active woman, you can use oral contraceptive pills to prevent pregnancy. If taken correctly, contraceptive pills are believed to be up to 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Oral contraceptives (also called birth control pills) are hormonal “combination pills” with both estrogen and progesterone hormones that prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation. They also work by thickening the mucus around the cervix, to make it difficult for sperms to reach the uterus to fertilize released eggs.

There are many contraceptive pill brands on the market. However, if you are looking for birth control pills in Malaysia, we have created a list of the best contraceptive pills to narrow down your search.  We will also explain how to take contraceptive pills in detail.    

1. Yasmin Contraceptive Pill

This is a combination pill of 2 hormones- estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (drospirenone) used to prevent pregnancy. Yasmin Contraceptive Pill works by preventing ovulation during your menstrual cycle. It also makes vaginal fluid thicker to make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg for fertilization. Yasmin  Contraceptive Pill also changes the lining of the uterus to prevent the attachment of a fertilized egg.

You should be protected from pregnancy immediately if you start using this on day 1 until 5 of your period, provided you don’t have a short or irregular menstrual cycle. If you start after day 1 and have a short/irregular menstrual cycle, you will need to use condoms for 7 days whenever you have sex.

How To Take a Yasmin Contraceptive Pill?

Take 1 pill daily for 21 days, then have a 4-day break before starting the next pack. You may have withdrawal bleeding during this break. Start taking the pill every day on the fifth day, and don’t take another break for at least 21 days.

Tricycling entails taking one tablet every day for nine weeks without a break. After 9 weeks (3 packs of pills) take a 4- or 7-day break and then start the cycle again.

For continuous use: take 1 tablet every day without fail.

2. Oralcon Contraceptive Pills

Oralcon Contraceptive Pills is a low dose combined contraceptive pill containing a progestogen (levonorgestrel) and an estrogen (ethinylestradiol) that protects against pregnancy. It works by stopping ovulation.

You should take one of the Oralcon Contraceptive Pills wholes (do not chew) with some liquid each day at about the same time in the sequence indicated on the blister pack for 21 consecutive days. You can start taking the tablets from the next blister pack after a tablet-free interval of seven days. 

For the pills to work effectively, you should start taking them on the first day of your menstrual bleeding. Additional pregnancy prevention should be used during the first seven days of taking the pills if you begin taking the tablets on any other day.

3. Levest Contraceptive Pill

A combined contraceptive pill with two hormones – estrogen and a progestogen used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Additionally, Levest Contraceptive Pill is also prescribed to women who have heavy, painful, or irregular periods for them to have lighter, less painful, and more regular menstrual periods. 

It contains ethinylestradiol 30 micrograms and levonorgestrel 150 micrograms that override your natural menstrual cycle and stop ovulation. They thin the uterine lining, making it hard for any fertilized eggs to implant. It also makes it more difficult for sperm to get into the womb by thickening the natural mucus at the neck of the uterus.

You can take one pill every day for three weeks, before taking a week’s break (during which you will experience withdrawal bleeding) before starting the next packet.

4. Alesse Contraceptive Pill

A birth control pill with levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol is effective in preventing pregnancy. It works by preventing ovulation.

When using the Alesse Contraceptive Pill 21-day combination, you should be on pills for 21 days and off pills for seven days before starting another pack at approximately the same time every day. It is advisable to start taking the pills on day 1, day 5, or on the first Sunday after your period begins. However, if you start taking it after day 1 of the first menstrual cycle or postpartum, use an additional pregnancy barrier until after the first seven active tablets have been taken for seven consecutive days. 

With the 28-day combination pill, you take 21 pills that contain hormones and seven pills that contain no hormones. You may start taking the pills on day 1, day 5, or on the first Sunday after your period begins.

5. Aviane Contraceptive Pill

Aviane Contraceptive Pill (containing ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) is a birth control pill that works by blocking the release of an egg from the ovary. It also changes your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it difficult for sperms to reach the uterus. It also reduces the chances of a fertilized egg attaching to the uterine wall.

Take your first Aviane Contraceptive Pill on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins. You may need to use backup birth control, such as condoms or a spermicide, when you first start using Aviane. You should take a pill every day for no more than 24 hours apart. Start a new pack the following day as soon as you finish the pills.  

6. Postinor-2

This is an emergency contraceptive pill that is not intended as a regular method of contraception. Postinor-2 prevents pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

This morning after pill is a single pill solution that should be consumed within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. For the 2 tablets version of Postinor, you must consume the second tablet exactly after 12 hours of the first pill.  


You should always consult your healthcare provider before taking contraceptives. They will guide you on the proper birth control methods for you especially if you are taking other medications.