Oral contraceptive pill
A daily tablet to prevent pregnancy
A short-acting contraceptive method
We offer two different types of pill, each one providing different benefits.
Contraceptive pills contain hormones, similar to those naturally produced by a woman’s body. The pill needs to be taken at the same time every day to effectively prevent pregnancy. It’s ability to prevent pregnancy depends on a person using it correctly.
It can take between five to seven days for the pill to start working. You can use a condom or abstinence during this time. Your normal fertility will return immediately after you stop taking the pill.
99% when used correctly. This means that if one hundred women used the pill for a year, and never forgot to take a pill on time, then only one of those women would fall pregnant during that period. Some women forget to take the pill every day, which can increase the risk of unplanned pregnancy.
You can get oral contraceptive pills at all of our centres
Please contact our team for more information about pricing
“Contraceptive pills are a quick, easy way to prevent unplanned pregnancies. They are extremely effective for women who are able to remember to take them at the same time each day.”
How contraceptive pills work
All types of contraceptive pill make it harder for sperm to penetrate a woman’s womb and reach an egg.
Depending on the type of pill, they may also have an effect on the release of an egg each month.
To be effective as a contraceptive method, you must make sure to take the pill regularly, following the instructions provided for each product.
If you’re ever in doubt, or think you may be pregnant while using the pill, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.
If you’re starting to use contraception for the first time, or thinking about using a new method, it’s a good idea to have a full consultation
Find our locations that offer contraception and family planning services
The combined pill
The combined pill works by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).
It thickens cervical mucus so that it is harder for a sperm to reach the womb and thins the lining of the womb.
Combined pills advantages
- The combined pill can sometimes be used to treat period pain, heavy periods, premenstrual syndrome, acne and endometriosis. Things to consider when taking the combined pill.
- The combined pill is not suitable for women with high blood pressure.
- It is not suitable for women over 35 who smoke.
- It may not be suitable for women who have migraines.
- Missing pills, taking some other medications, vomiting, or severe diarrhoea can make it less effective.
- Side effects include mood swings, breast tenderness and headaches.
- There is a small risk of blood clots.
- It does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
- If you start the combined pill on the first day of a period or after menstrual regulation treatment, it will work straight away. If started on any other day of the cycle, extra precautions such as condoms or abstaining from sex should be used for seven days.
- Take it for 21 days at about the same time each day, and then have a 7 day break. During the break you should have bleed but it is usually lighter, shorter and less painful than a usual period.
- On the 8th day, start the next pack (the starting day of the week for each pack should always be the same if you are taking it correctly).
- It is common to spot bleed during the first pack of pills. Do not worry, it will still be effective