The combined oral contraceptive pill (more often known as “the pill”) has been around since the 1960s when it was first launched in the United States. Over time, it has become a trusted method of birth control for women worldwide. It is generally safe and well tolerated. However, there are some women for whom the pill is not a good choice- for example, those who suffer from migraine with aura, high blood pressure or smokers above the age of 35 . A strong family history of blood clots, heart disease, stroke or breast cancer may also mean the pill is not suitable.
For the pill to be effective it needs to be taken correctly- so it’s important that women understand how it works and what to do if they miss a dose. Vomiting, diarrhoea and several medications can also make the pill less effective. It used to be thought that antibiotics reduced the effects of the pill- we now know this is not true, aside from a few antibiotics that are rarely used. Feel free to browse the useful articles below, to learn more about these issues.
Health Library- the combined oral contraceptive pill