The Pill

  • The pill is prescribed to a woman by her doctor.
  • It works by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).
  • It must always be taken as prescribed.
  • If you have been vomiting, are taking antibiotics, or forgot to take the pill you may not be protected – it may be best to check with your doctor.
  • When taken correctly, the pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
  • The pill does not provide any protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Important considerations

It’s best to avoid the pill if you:

  • are pregnant.
  • smoke and are 35 or older.
  • stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older.
  • are very overweight.
  • take certain medicines (ask your GP about this).

You should also not take the pill if you have (or have had):

  • thrombosis (a blood clot).
  • a heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure.
  • severe migraines, especially with aura.
  • breast cancer.
  • disease of the gallbladder or liver.
  • diabetes with complications or diabetes for the last 20 years.

Consult your GP for more information.