What are the disadvantages of the combined pill?
- The combined pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, so women may need to use condoms as well.
- Women must remember to take the pill at the same time every day
- Women might get some temporary side effects when beginning taking the combined pill, but these should stop within a few months. This might include nausea, spotty skin, breast tenderness, weight change and headaches.
- Some women cannot use the combined pill due to health reasons. (see contra-indications)
What are possible side-effects of the combined pill?
Some women may experience temporary side-effects when beginning combined pills, but these usually stop within a few months. Side effects may include nausea, dizziness, spotty skin, breast tenderness, weight changes or headaches. Some women report changes in bleeding patterns (lighter, irregular Read more »
What are health reasons (contra-indications) that indicate a woman should not take combined pills ?
Combined pills should NOT be used by women who : Are breastfeeding and have given birth within the previous 6 months. Are taking barbiturates, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, primidone, topiramate, rifampicin, rifabutin. or ritonavir or ritonavir- boosted protease inhibitors. A backup… Read more »