Changing your contraceptive pill - what you need to know

Dr Louisa Draper

"Whether you’re changing your pill or are changing from another form of hormonal contraception to the pill, it’s important to follow the instructions on the patient leaflet of your new medication."

Dr Louisa Draper

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People decide it’s time to change their contraceptive pill for different reasons, for example because they are experiencing side effects or because they would prefer a cheaper option. Before you change your pill, you need to consult a doctor, who will be able to recommend an alternative.

Whether you’re changing your pill or are changing from another form of hormonal contraception to the pill, it’s important to follow the instructions on the patient leaflet of your new medication.

You may need to use another form of contraception (like condoms) for a few days (usually this will be a week) to stay protected against pregnancy during the changeover. Some women use condoms up until after their first cycle on the new pill, to feel more comfortable.

If you’re in doubt, visit your nurse, GP, or your local sexual health (family planning) clinic for more advice about changing contraception.