Who can take the mini pill?
The mini pill is also known as a progesterone-only pill because unlike the combined pill, it doesn’t contain oestrogen. This means that the mini pill can be right for you can’t take oestrogen, like if you’re over the age of 35 and smoke, have a higher risk of blood clots, or if you’re breastfeeding.
Can I take the mini pill if I’m breastfeeding? – if you want to start taking contraception after having a baby, then you have to avoid oestrogen. Oestrogen can affect the quality and quantity of the breast milk you can make, and it may not be safe for your newborn to drink. Mini pills don’t have oestrogen in them, so they’re completely safe for your baby.
Can I take the mini pill if I smoke? – while we’d always recommend cutting back or quitting smoking if you can, the mini pill is effective and safe to use if you smoke. If you’re over the age of 35 and you smoke, the combined pill isn’t recommended because of your increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Can I take the mini pill if I’m overweight? – Oestrogen increases your risk of a number of health problems, like high blood pressure and blood clots, so the combined pill isn’t a good choice if you’re overweight. But, because there’s no oestrogen in the mini pill, it can be safe to use if you’re overweight.
Can I take the mini pill if I have high blood pressure? – the mini pill can be safe for you to use even if you have high blood pressure. Unlike the combined pill, it does not increase your risk of any health problems related to high blood pressure.
Can I take the mini pill if I’m over 50? – the mini pill is safe to use at any age, and will work well until you decide to stop taking contraception. The combined pill is not recommended for women above the age of 50, because the oestrogen increases your risk of heart diseases that are more common with age.
Can I take the mini pill if I’m on medication? – the mini pill can be affected by certain medications including antibiotics, antivirals, epilepsy medicines, and St John’s wort. Before taking any new medication, including the mini pill, you should always make sure you get assessed by a doctor and cover any health issues you have or any medicines you’re currently taking.