New guidelines have been released around the contraceptive pill, which state that the combined pill, taken by a large number of women, can now be taken everyday – without the need for a 7-day break. With no health benefit to taking a break, it is hoped that a larger number of unwanted pregnancies can be prevented. However, it’s important to consult your doctor around any changes to your contraception to make sure you’re getting the right advice for your needs.
What do the new contraceptive pill guidelines mean?
The Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has produced new guidelines which state that the 7-day break previously recommended, is no longer necessary for most women as it doesn’t provide any health benefits.
The pill can be an effective form of contraception when taken correctly. Up until now, women have been prescribed their pills in either 21 or 28-day packets, allowing women to take a 7-day break from taking it. In the 28-day packets, 7 of the pills are sugar pills, which can help form a regular routine to remember to take it on time.
According to the guidelines, there is little benefit in having the 7-day break, as it can cause hormonal changes, while a monthly bleed is also not considered necessary. While these changes to the guidance are considerably different to guidance provided in the past, it’s important that you get appropriate medical advice before you make any changes to your current contraception.
Contraception advice in East Berkshire
To understand your options when it comes to contraception, you need to seek medical advice. There are different options to consider when it comes to getting advice on the new contraception guidelines and to make sure you get the most appropriate solution for your needs. Sexual health services are important, and you can choose from some of the following options to get advice in East Berkshire, including:
Your GP surgery can help you access the sexual health advice you need to make the right decision about contraception. If you’re on the combined pill, they can also help provide you with advice around the new guidelines.
Out of hours
Your out of hours services can also provide you with information around contraception, especially if you need emergency contraception. Call 111 to be given details of what to do and where to go if you need help with contraception in the evenings or on weekends.
The Garden Clinic
The Garden Clinic in East Berkshire provides appointments and walk-in clinic hours to help you get contraception advice, as well as sexual health testing and other services. They offer after work and weekend appointments on certain days which can help you get sexual health advice when you need it.
You could also try using the Safe Sex Berkshire website and use its interactive search tool to help you find appropriate sexual health services near you.
Getting the right contraception advice is important for ensuring you have access to the right options for your needs. Everyone is different, and there are different guidelines designed to help you make the right choices for your health. Head to your nearest centre to get the right sexual health advice.