There are many forms of different contraception available for women. The contraceptive pill, also known as ‘the pill’ is a hormonal based tablet. The hormones used in the pill help to regulate a woman’s cycle by preventing womens eggs to be fertilized and thus preventing unwanted pregnancies. This tablet needs to be taken regularly throughout a monthly cycle in order to be completely (99%) effective.
- For female use only to prevent pregnancy
- Tablet is often taken daily for contraceptive purposes
- The contraceptive pill can also be prescribed to women to help alleviate heavy periods, reduce period pain and certain forms of acne
NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.
Contraceptive pills are usually taken for around 21 days and then require a 7 day break. During this break women often experience a breakthrough bleed which resembles a normal period.
Other forms of contraceptive pills need to be taken throughout the entire month without a break. This method often stops regular menstruation from happening or can cause overall lighter periods.
Before taking oral contraceptives, it is important to measure your weight, as well as take readings of your blood pressure, as these can affect which pill is best for you. You can purchase home blood pressure kits or visit a local pharmacy to get a free blood pressure check. You will also be asked questions regarding your health history, including migraines, smoking, family history of stroke or heart attack, and breast cancer.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you accidentally miss a dose one day during the month, then you’ll need to take it as soon as you can. Missing doses can alter the effectiveness of contraception and increase the chances of getting pregnant. If you often miss doses then you wont be completely protected from pregnancy and you may want to consider other forms of contraception such as condoms.
When should I start taking the pill?
If possible, begin taking the pill on the first day of your period. If you begin taking the pill in the first five days of your cycle, you will be immediately protected from pregnancy. If you begin later in your cycle, you should use other methods of protection like condoms.
Can I use the pill when breastfeeding?
Usually, it’s recommended to wait at least 6 weeks after giving birth before using contraceptive pills. You should speak to our team to discuss alternative options of contraception.
Can oral contraceptives cause breast cancer?
There have been links to particular forms of the contraceptive pill and the increased risk of developing breast cancer. Individuals who have a family history of breast cancer will need to seek medical advice before they commence any form of contraceptive pills in order to evaluate potential risks. The Pharmacy Online team are on hand to offer advice for potential contraceptive alternatives.
Does the pill cause weight gain?
When using any form of hormonal contraception, there is a risk of experiencing weight gain. However, weight gain can be prevented and managed with a healthy diet and regular excercise.
Will the pill affect my fertility?
Often, once you stop taking the pill, your normal fertility levels should resume.
How effective is the pill in preventing pregnancy?
When taken correctly, the pill can be up to 99% effective in preventing conception. However, the pill does not protect against contracting STIs and so you should use another form of contraception, such as condoms, in order to reduce the risk.
When taking any form of medication, there can be a risk of developing certain side effects. Most side effects related to Femodene ED are mild and should go away over time. Other more serious side effects, although rare, can cause health issues that can be difficult to manage. These more severe side effects need to be reported to your GP straight away. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the contraceptive pill, speak to a member of the Pharmacy Online team who will be happy to provide expert advice on different contraception alternatives.
Common side effects include:
- Changes to breast appearance, like discolouration around the nipple or lumps around the breasts
- Weight fluctuations
- Vomiting or nausea
- Changes in sex drive
- Mood swings
- Breast tenderness
- Light bleeding or spotting
It’s important to be aware of some serious side effects that can be brought on from using oral contraception. You should talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Swelling in your lower legs that are inflamed and hot to the touch
- Discomfort and bleeding after sex
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.