The contraceptive pill is a hormonal based tablet that regulates a woman’s cycle and prevents pregnancy. It must be taken regularly throughout a woman’s cycle for full effectiveness.
- For female use only
- Used for contraceptive purposes
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 can be used to prevent pregnancy, and when taken correctly is 99% effective. However, many women also choose to take them to regulate their period, help with heavy periods, reduce period pain, and to reduce acne.
Most pills can are taken for 21 days with a seven-day break, where there is often a breakthrough bleed, which usually appears as a period and is normal.
Other pills are taken 28 days without a break. These can often stop regular menstruation from occurring or can help to lighten heavy 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.
Where do you apply a contraceptive patch?
Your patch should be applied to a clean, dry and hair-free area of the skin. When applying your new patch, do not put it in the same place.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember. Missing one dose but taking it within one day means you will still be protected from pregnancy. If you miss two consecutive doses, you may not be protected from conception, and so you should consider using other methods of protection 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 will need to use other methods of protection like condoms.
Can I use this when breastfeeding?
It is recommended that you wait six weeks after having a baby before using some types of pill. Speak to a member of the team about options available to you.
Can oral contraceptives cause breast cancer?
Some types of the pill have been linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. If you have a family history of breast cancer, our dedicated team can help you choose a contraceptive option that is appropriate for you.
Does the pill cause weight gain?
Side effects differ from person to person when using oral contraceptives. Weight gain may occur but can be managed with regular exercise and a balanced diet.
Will the pill affect my fertility?
Normal fertility resumes as soon as you stop taking the pill.
There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when taking oral contraceptives.
Common side effects include:
- Spotting in the first few months
- Mood changes
- Weight changes
- Breast tenderness
- Changes in libido
There are some serious side effects associated with taking oral contraceptives. Seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:
- Changes to the breast such as discolouration around the nipple or lumps
- Swelling in the lower leg that is 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.