Oral contraception

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Where can I get the mini pill?

The progestogen only pill (also known as the mini pill) is available at most pharmacies and does not require a prescription from a doctor. However, if you would like to start taking the mini pill, we strongly recommend that you visit your local GP or Marie Stopes International clinic for a consultation.

What if I miss a mini pill?

If you forget to take a progestogen only pill (also known as the mini pill) or are more than three hours late taking it; take one pill as soon as possible and take the next pill at the usual time. You will need to use condoms or not have sex for the next 48 hours after doing so.

What else do I need to know about the mini pill?
If you have diarrhoea or vomit within two hours after taking a progestogen only pill (also known as the mini pill) continue taking the mini pill as normal, but the rules for missed pills should be followed.
The mini pill offers no protection against STIs or HIV/AIDS.

Can I use the mini pill if I am breast feeding?

The progestogen only pill (also known as the mini pill) is considered safe to use while breastfeeding once your infant is 6 weeks old and is a popular short-term method of contraception while breastfeeding.

Who should not take the mini pill?

There are few circumstances and medical conditions where it is advised that you do not take the progestogen only pill (also known as the mini pill).  If you have any of the following it should be disclosed to your doctor at the time of consultation:
- have or have had breast cancer
- have had a history of any unusual vaginal bleeding
- have disturbed liver function
- are taking any medications, especially for epilepsy.
Your doctor will talk with you about the mini pill and help you decide whether it is the best contraceptive method for you.

How long will the mini pill last?

The progestogen only pill, also known as the mini pill, will provide contraception only for as long as you continue to take it correctly every day. You can fall pregnant within days of stopping the mini pill.

What are the side effects of the mini pill?

There are very few side effects with the progestogen only pill (also known as the mini pill) but it is fairly common to have spot bleeding between periods or an irregular bleeding pattern, or periods may stop all together in some women. A small number of women occasionally experience headaches or tender breasts but this usually settles within a few weeks.
If the mini pill fails there is a slightly higher risk that the pregnancy may be ectopic (the pregnancy grows outside the uterus, such as in the tube).
 

How effective is the mini pill?

If the progestogen only pill (also known as the mini pill) is taken correctly at the same time every day, it can be 99% effective in preventing an unplanned pregnancy but, because this may be difficult for some women to remember, with typical use it is 92% effective. It is very important that the mini pill be taken at the same time every day within 3 hours. The mini pill may also be more effective if taken at the opposite time that you usually have sex. For example, if you usually have sex at night it is best taken in the morning. The progestogen only pill offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or HIV/AIDS.