The combined oral contraceptive pill has been in use for over 50 years now, and today’s versions are the safest yet.
But, did you know that the pill can be used for more than just contraception? Below are some alternative uses, and benefits from its use:
- Treatment of irregular, heavy and painful periods
- Treatment of PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
- Treatment of mild-to-moderate acne
- Prevention of recurrent ovarian cysts
- Lowers the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.
The pill does not cause weight gain, and has no negative impact on future fertility.
The pill is very safe in healthy young women without a personal or family history of blood clotting problems.
There are many formulations available, in many different doses, and while it may take a while to find the perfect fit, there is a pill available to suit most healthy young women. There are some important, mostly temporary, side-effects that can occur when first using the pill, and some “rules” for taking it that should always be discussed with you by your doctor.
I am experienced in counselling young women in their choice of contraceptive, including young women with underlying medical problems, and in prescribing the pill for young women who are using it to treat the issues listed above. It’s important to know that not everyone can take the pill, and I’m happy to evaluate your particular situation, and offer individual advice about whether the pill will be right for you.
For more information about the pill is available on the True Relationships and Reproductive Health ‘contraception fact sheet’