The Daily Oral Contraceptive Pill

The Pill is a tablet you take once a day – The pill contains hormones, which stop the ovaries from releasing eggs. It also thickens the cervical mucus, which keeps the sperm from getting to the egg.

You should swallow the pill at the same time every day, whether or not you have sex. Each new blister of pills is started without a delay.

Ask your healthcare provider if this method is suitable for you or do the test.

How to use it?

Taking the pill is the same as taking other tablets. You should swallow the pill at the same time every day, whether or not you have sex. Forgetting to take your pill means it won’t be as effective as it can be and you could find yourself getting pregnant. If you miss one or more pills, or start a pill pack too late, take it as soon as you remember and use a condom for the next 3-5 days.

You can also have a look into the Patient Information Booklet provided to you with the pill pack. In case of doubt, ask your healthcare provider.

Questions? Ask the Lydia Contact Centre

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Highly effective when used as directed
    • It’s easy to use
    • It permits sexual spontaneity and doesn’t interrupt sex
    • Some pills may reduce heavy and painful periods and help reduce the incidence of anaemia (Iron deficiency)
    • Some pills may have a positive effect on acne
    • Can be taken over a long period of time

  • Cons

    • It may cause some women to experience headaches and mood swings
    • It requires keeping track of the number of days taken
    • It may cause breast tenderness, nausea, headache, weight gain
    • It may cause changes in your menstruation cycle
    • It is not common, but some women who take the pill develop high blood pressure
    • It is rare, but some women will have blood clots, heart attacks and strokes
    • Does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)