What is the combined pill?
The combined pill contains two hormones - oestrogen and progestogen. Not everyone can use the combined pill so your doctor or nurse will need to ask you about your own and your family's medical history, any medicines you take (including herbal remedies) and whether you smoke. There are different pills to choose from.
You don't need a breast or vaginal examination before you can start the pill.
All our clinics keep a wide range of pills and you will usually leave with supplies of your chosen pill.
You can get the pill free of charge from your GP or any Sandyford clinic.
How effective is it?
Contraceptive use can either be perfect (always correct) or typical (more accurate, as it’s sometimes difficult to use contraception correctly every time).
With typical use of the combined pill, approximately 8 in 100 people become pregnant within the first year of use.
What makes it less effective?
Missing pills, vomiting or severe diarrhoea can make the pill less effective. Some medications including some herbal medicines can make your contraception less effective. Always tell your doctor, dentist or chemist if taking the combined pill.
What are the advantages?
Are there any disadvantages?
Only condoms can provide protection against most infections.
To check if they provide your choice of contraception.
If you have any concerns or questions.