Private & Confidential Pills
Our Contraceptive Pills
Getting a Contraceptive Pill
We will then ask questions to understand your general medical history & sexual history to ensure that the contraceptive pill is an appropriate form of contraception for you.
Other methods of contraception can also be discussed.
If it is safe to do so, we will hand over the contraceptive pills to you by the end of the appointment.
This can take between 15-20 minutes. You will have enough time to discuss any questions or worries you may have.
Who will I see?
All appointments will have a female chaperone, if necessary.
Is this confidential?
Read more about how we protect your confidentiality.
How much will it cost me?
Contraceptive Pill FAQs
What is a contraceptive pill?
The contraceptive pill is a popular method of contraception. A small tablet is taken, usually for 21 days, with a 7 day break.
It is a mixture of two female hormones: oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones, work together to prevent a pregnancy (when taken correctly).
Common side effects of the contraceptive pill may include: headaches, sickness, skin changes, mood changes, breast tenderness, bloating, change in libido.
A less common but rare risk is a slightly increased risk of developing blood clot. Therefore the sexual health specialist will check your BP and BMI (Height and Weight).
There are other risks involved with using the contraceptive pill which can be discussed with our specialists.
How does it work?
The Contraceptive pill works in 3 ways:
- It inhibits ovulation
- It thins the endometrium (lining of the uterus)
- It thickens cervical mucus to prevent sperm entering the uterus
Simply put, the contraceptive pill prevents the body from releasing an egg, or if it does, the sperm will not be able to reach the egg or a fertilised egg will be unable to implant in the womb.
How do I take it?
- Take the pill for 21 days, approximately at the same time every day
- Take a break from pill taking for 7 days
- During this time, the body will have a withdrawal bleed which will likely be shorter, lighter and less painful than a normal period.
- The bleeding usually starts within 2 to 3 days after the last tablet and may not end before the next pack is started.
- Pill taking will then resume on day 29, to start the cycle again.
You can miss 1 pill in a packet or start a packet 1 day late without compromising efficacy. This is only if there are no other missed/late pills or any diarrhea/vomiting.
Benefits of the contraceptive pill
Non-contraceptive benefits can include a shorter, lighter, less painful regular bleed. It may help with mood changes and pre-menstrual tension.
In some cases, it can improve problematic skin.
It reduces the risks of endometrial, ovarian and colorectal cancers.