How do I get the Contraceptive Pill?

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Contraception in the UK is completely free on the NHS so it is relatively easy to get advice and contraception.  You can visit a number of places, all of which can tell you about the different methods of contraception and help you get it. The contraceptive pill is usually stocked in most of the clinics, as it is a very popular method of contraception.

The best place to go would be a sexual health clinic. These are situated throughout the country and are drop in centres so you don’t need to make an appointment.  Just turn up when they are open and they will help you out. You can also visit your local GP who can also help you.

When you go the sexual health clinic, you will need to see a doctor, as they are the only people who can prescribe you the pill. Usually, to save time, a nurse will see you before the doctor. The nurse will talk to you about the different methods of contraception and help you decide what is right for you. If you decide you want the contraceptive pill, your blood pressure will be taken and weight measured. You will see the doctor who will explain the risks of the pill and ask you your medical history. It is very important that you are completely honest with the doctor about any medical conditions you or your family has/have had as they can affect your health if you go on the pill. You will especially be asked about cancer and blood clots. You will also be asked about your lifestyle because if you are a smoker, the pill may not be the best option for you as you have an increase in the risk of getting a blood clot.

Once you have been prescribed the pill, you will be given a three months supply initially. When you have used this you will need to return to the doctor who will check that you did not have any adverse side effects and your blood pressure has not gone up. If you have had an increase in head ache frequency, it is important that you mention this.  If your body has responded well to the pill, you will be given up to a years worth depending on what the doctor thinks.

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