Combined contraceptive pill


Where can I get the pill?

The contraceptive pill is available at most chemists and in Vietnam does not require a prescription from a doctor. However, if you would like to start taking the pill we strongly recommend that you visit your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic for a consultation.

Can I change pill brands?

Your doctor may consider changing you to a different brand of contraceptive pill if you experience persistent side effects on one type of pill, or for medical reasons. Usually you can simply finish the old pill and start taking the new pill from the first day of the next period.

Can I use the pill to skip a period?

You should always take the pill as directed by your doctor and the instructions inside the packet.
It is possible to deliberately skip your period while on the pill by going straight from the last active hormone pill in the packet to the first active hormone pill in the next packet (skipping the placebo or sugar pills). Sometimes your doctor may advise you to skip the placebo tablets and have 6 or 9 weeks of continuous hormones. This can be useful to minimize periods if you suffer premenstrual syndrome (PMS), headaches with your periods, suffer from endometriosis or experience very heavy or painful periods. There is always the chance of getting break through bleeding when the pill is taken in this way.

What if I miss my period whilst on the pill?

If bleeding does not occur at the end of the hormone cycle of pills you should consult your doctor.

What if I have bleeding between periods?

If you have bleeding between your periods keep taking your contraceptive pills and the problem will often disappear after one or two cycles. Missing pills can increase the likelihood of 'break through' bleeding. However, if the irregular bleeding persists, consult your doctor.

What are some other considerations about the pill?

If you have diarrhoea or vomit within two hours after taking a pill it is important that you continue taking the pill as normal, but the rules for missed pills should be followed.
Antibiotics do not interfere with the pills effectiveness and additional protection is no longer advised as necessary, unless the antibiotics result in vomiting or diarrhoea. The sugar pills should be skipped if there are fewer than 7 active pills remaining in the pack.
The pill offers no protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or HIV/AIDS.

When do I need to use an alternative method of contraception whilst on the pill?

An alternative method of contraception, such as condoms, should be used to protect you from catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI) when having sex with a new partner.
It is also advised to use another form of contraception, such as condoms, for 7 days if you; are more than 24 hours late in taking a pill; have been vomiting and/or have diarrhoea;  are taking certain medications or natural therapy, which may alter the pill’s effectiveness (check with your doctor).
If you are having difficulty managing the regular dosage requirements of the pill, it is advised that you talk with your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic to discuss alternative contraceptive options.