Safety precautions when using contraceptive pills

Oral birth control pills have allowed women to plan pregnancy in a more safer way . Currently more than 60 hormonal contraceptive pills are sold in the UK and not all of them are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Contraceptive pills that are approved by the MHRA are mostly available on prescription only. It means that you can take any of these pills only when a doctor recommends it for you.

Cilest and Microgynon are among the two most widely recommended combined oral contraceptive pills (also known as “the pill”). They too are available on prescription. Depending on your age and existing health conditions, your doctor may prescribe a particular type of pill for you. Since safety is an important concern with hormonal contraception, let’s look at what you need to consider before using birth control pills.

  1. Tell your doctor if you are already pregnant or planning a pregnancy. No contraceptive pill should be taken during this time.
  2. You should not take Cilest or Microgynon when you are breastfeeding.
  3. Hormonal birth control pills are inadvisable for you if you are above 50.
  4. Let your doctor know if any close family members have ever suffered a heart attack or stroke before the age of 45.
  5. The use of contraceptive pills is reported to have an adverse impact on a woman’s libido. It is advisable that you talk with your doctor to learn more about your pill and its possible impact on your sex drive.
  6. Taking Cilest or Microgynon can be risky when you have heart problems, including an irregular heartbeat, angina, or heart valve disorder.
  7. Severe diabetes can affect the eyes, nerves or the kidneys making the use of oral contraceptives inadvisable.
  8. Antibabypille are not to be used in systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a chronic autoimmune disorder that commonly affects multiple organs in the body, including the kidneys.

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