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Cilest - 3 month course


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Cilest - 3 month course


What are the side effects of the Contraceptive Pill? 

While side effects are usually uncommon and mild in nature, it is best to be aware of any that may occur. Some of the most common side effects include mood swings headaches nausea breast tenderness For a full list of side effects and more information, you can read the NHS Choices site on contraception.

What are the Advantages of the Combined Oral Contraceptive

  • Can reduce the risk of some cancers
  • Can improve acne symptoms (Dianette)
  • Can reduce menopausal symptoms

What are the disadvantages of the Combined Oral Contraceptive

  • Can cause headaches, breast tenderness and mood changes
  • Can increase blood pressure
  • Can experience breakthrough bleeding

What are the advantages of the Progesterone only contraceptive

  • Reduced likelihood of side effects associated with combined pill
  • Can be used during breastfeeding
  • Can help with premenstrual symptoms

What are the disadvantages of the Progesterone only contraceptive

  • Can cause irregular periods
  • Can cause periods to be more frequent, or stop altogether.
  • Must be taken at the same time each day

Which pill is right for me?

Prescribers will take a thorough medical history before choosing the right contraceptive pill for you. For most people, the combined contraceptive pill works best. For those who are over 35, smoke, suffer from migraine or have other risk factors your doctor will look into, the Progesterone-only pill may be more suitable.

Am I protected straight away?

Some pills, if taken correctly, will provide protection immediately, while others take time to provide contraceptive cover. Refer to your patient information leaflet to find out when you are protected on your pill.

Do I still need to use a condom?

Although you will be covered against pregnancy with the pill, it is always advised to use a condom. This is to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

I forgot to take my pill – what should I do?

You should always take your pill around the same time each day to ensure maximum contraceptive cover. Different pills vary in the amount of time you can delay your dose. Always refer to your prescribed medication’s patient information leaflet to find more detailed information relating to missed doses.


Please read all patient information leaflets with your medication. Make sure you know the side effects, and discontinue use if any serious side effects occur, and contact your GP

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