"Low dose pills can be tried if regular contraceptives cause side effects."
Low Dose Pill
The low dose contraceptive pill is just like the combined contraceptive pill, but with less oestrogen. Taken correctly, low dose pills offer up to 99% protection against unwanted pregnancy.
About Low Dose Pills
The low dose pill is a combined contraceptive containing progesterone and oestrogen. It contains a smaller amount of oestrogen than a regular combined contraceptive pill. Reducing the oestrogen means that some side effects, such as breast tenderness, can be lessened. Low dose pills have a higher rate of irregular bleeding than the regular pill, so are not suitable for everyone. They are more often used by older women, though they can be tried by everyone.
How do low dose pills work?
Once ingested, the hormones are absorbed and stop eggs from being released and fertilised.
The low dose pill is taken daily. Some brands have a 7-day break every month, but some do not. Taken as prescribed, it should provide protection in 99% of cases.
What about blood pressure?
Since low dose pills contain oestrogen, which can cause a spike in blood pressure, the pharmacist will need to check your blood pressure, height, and weight in-store before they can dispense your contraception. These checks are free and will take place in a private consultation room. For this reason, low dose pills are only available for in-store collection, so we can make sure your pill is safe for you to take.
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