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    Dr Wellappili answers common questions on contraceptives like will the pill make me fat?

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Will the pill make me fat?

Not exactly, there is some evidence, that with a contraceptive hormonal pill, you can get fluid retention. This would give you some weight gain. However, generally it’s best to look to your diet and exercise regime to combat this. On some occasions we do suggest changing pills to a different brand to see if this suits you better.

Can I take antibiotics on the pill?

Yes you can take antibiotics on the pill and recently the guidance has changed in this area. Commonly prescribed antibiotics such as amoxicillin and trimethoprim are safe to take whilst taking the pill, without you needing to change your regime or for you to take extra precautions.

There are still some rarely used antibiotics, such as those used in the treatment of TB, where you will need to take extra precautions.

What if I vomit or have diarrhea after taking the pill?

If you vomit within two hours of taking the pill then it is best to take another pill straight away. If you have severe diarrhea or vomiting for twenty-four hours, your pill might not be being absorbed. In this case, carry on taking your pill as usual and to either not have sex for seven days or, if you do chose to have sex, then to use barrier contraception like condoms. If during those seven days you come to the end of your pack, then run your next pack on directly and miss your seven days break.

Can I take my pill back to back without taking a break

Yes you can. If you take a contraceptive pill that normally has a seven-day break, and you normally have a period during this break, you can run two packs together. This can be useful for special occasions and holidays. Some women will have some breakthrough bleeding so please be aware of this.

How effective is the pill and how likely am I to get pregnant?

The combined pill is more than 99% effective. The most common reason for it to fail, i.e. for there to be pregnancy whilst taking the pill, is that one or more pill shave been forgotten. There are very rare occasions where women get pregnant when taking the pill normally.

Dr Samantha Wellappili

General Practioner at Dr Thom

10900 Published January 2013

Review Scheduled February 2014

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