What are the contra-indications to using the progestin only pill?


Progestin Only pills should NOT be used by women who:46

  • Are breastfeeding and have given birth within the last  6 weeks
  • Who are taking barbiturates, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, primidone, topiramate, rifampicin, rifabutin, or ritonavir or ritonavir- boosted protease inhibitors.

Progestin Only pills should NOT be used if a woman has any of the following medical conditions:

  • Acute blood clot in deep veins of legs or lungs
  • Breast cancer (past or present)
  • Severe liver disease, infection, or tumor
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus with positive (or unknown) antiphospho-lipid antibodies
  • History of stroke (history of cerebrovascular accident)
  • Ischemic heart disease