Combined pill

What is it?

The combined pill is for women, and is to be used each day for a period of twenty-one days, after which you wait seven days, before restarting the process. The tablet contains elements of the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. It is often known as ‘the pill’. You will usually be given a three month supply, and then be provided with a further years supply if you like it.

How does it work?

The pill works to stop the ovulation process. The hormones contained in the pill also work to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. It is best used along with another form of contraception, such as a condom, in order to protect against STIs.

How dependable is it?

If you follow the instructions correctly then the combined pill can be 99% effective, which is why, as with most contraceptives, it is best used along with another type. If instructions are not followed accordingly, then this will increase the chances of becoming pregnant.

Other important information

If you miss one day, or have problems such as sickness, then this may nullify the effects of the pill. The pill may be unacceptable if you have an illness, such as a heart condition, which is why you should always check with your GP. Minor side-effects can include headaches and mood swings, and there is also the minimal risk of blood clots. The pill will not affect your future ability to produce fertile eggs. The combined pill also has the added bonus of lessening the extremity of your period.


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