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The Pill isn't right for everyone. Here's why.

Thu 6th February, 2020

Reviewed by: Dr. Vamsee Thalluri

Although most people will take the contraceptive pill with no issues at all, for some of us it’s just not a viable option.

There are a few common reasons The Pill might disagree with your body, and it’s worth considering them before you start taking it.

Here are some of the most common reasons that the contraceptive pill might not be a good option for you.

You find it hard to take a daily tablet

There are loads of reasons that people find it tricky to take tablets each day. Some women hate taking tablets, and others simply forget. If that sounds like you, the pill might not be the best option. That being said, most people get used to the routine of taking a tablet each day.

You get migraines

Don’t be fooled into thinking that a mild headache is the same as a migraine. We’re talking about serious migraines with auras that come and go. If you suffer from these kinds of migraines, The Pill is probably not the best choice for you. Speak to a doctor for more information.

You have a history of blood clots

Although The Pill doesn’t cause blood clots, they do increase a woman’s risk by about three to four times according to blood clot charity Stop The Clot. ​If you have suffered with blood clots or deep vein thrombosis then The Pill might not be a good option.

You’re on medication that clashes with The Pill

Most medication won’t clash with The Pill, but it’s a good idea to find out whether yours does. The main ones that are known to clash include anti-HIV drugs, anti-seizure drugs, and herbal remedies like St John’s Wort.

You’ve suffered from health conditions that The Pill can worsen

The Pill can increase your risk of suffering from some health conditions, like high blood pressure, heart or liver disease, and breast cancer. Chat to a doctor about your risk, and be sure to mention your family's history with any of these conditions.

When is The Pill a good choice?

The Pill can be perfect for women looking for a simple, safe, and highly effective method of contraception. For most people, the pros outweigh the cons.

Although The Pill can be a bad choice for people with the above concerns, it can also be an amazing contraceptive for most women. When looking into your contraceptive options, it’s a good idea to speak to a doctor and have a full consultation.