Date: 2019-02-18 16:00:03
Birth Control Pills. This video is on the progesterone only pill (mini pill) instructions, missed pill, take, how to start the pill.
This video is a guide on the “traditional” progestogen-only pill (POP) or Mini pill. Including commonly asked questions such as how to start taking it, when is it effective, what is considered a missed pill, what to do after a missed pill, vomiting, diarrhoea and medication interactions. A special thank you to Jo (Advanced Nurse Practitioner) for being so helpful with this weeks video. We will definitely be doing more videos together on contraceptives in the future.
WHAT BIRTH CONTROL PILL ARE YOU TAKING:
Remember there are two types of birth control pills – Combined oral contraceptives and progesterone only pills. This video is about the progesterone only pills. If you’re not sure what type of birth control pill you’ve been prescribed, please read the information leaflet and it will tell you the type. If you’ve lost this please use the link below to find your medication and category.
This video was sponsored by Dr Fox (Online Doctor & Pharmacy):
QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE POP:
– You take a pill every day, with no break between packs of pills.
– The progestogen-only pill can be used by women who can’t use contraception that contains oestrogen.
– You can take the progestogen-only pill if you’re over 35 and you smoke.
– You must take the progestogen-only pill at the same time each day. If you take it more than 3 hours late (traditional progestogen-only pill) – or 12 hours late (desogestrel pill) – it may not be effective.
– If you’re sick (vomit) or have severe diarrhoea, the progestogen-only pill may not work.
– Some medicines may affect the progestogen-only pill’s effectiveness – ask your pharmacist or doctor for details.
– Your periods may stop or become lighter, irregular or more frequent.
– You’ll need to use condoms as well as the progestogen-only pill to be protected against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
SICKNESS AND DIARRHOEA EFFECTS ON POPs:
If you vomit within two hours of taking the POP or If you have very severe diarrhoea that continues for more than 24 hours. The POP won’t have been absorbed by your body. To find out what to do please visit the following links:
Speak to a pharmacist, nurse or GP, or call NHS 111 or the national sexual health helpline free on 0300 123 7123, if you’re unsure whether you’re protected against pregnancy, or if your sickness or diarrhoea continues.
MEDICINE INTERACTIONS WITH THE POP:
When you take 2 or more medicines at the same time, they can sometimes interact with each other.Some medicines interact with the progestogen-only pill, which can stop it working properly.
If you want to check whether your medicines are safe to take with the progestogen-only pill, you can:
– Ask your pharmacist, practice nurse or GP
– Read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS:
Most methods of contraception don’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Condoms (male/external or female/internal), when used correctly and consistently, can help protect against sexually transmitted infections. If you can, avoid using spermicidally lubricated condoms. The spermicide commonly contains a chemical which may increase the risk of HIV infection.
To find out more about POPs such as side effects, advantages, disadvantages, risks and further general information please visit the following links,
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