Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Mini Pill work?
The mini pill works by thickening the cervical mucus and the uterus lining which helps prevent the sperm from reaching the egg. The mini pill suppresses ovulation as well but does not so consistently. In order to make sure the mini pill is efficient you need to take it at the same time every day.
Who can benefit from taking a Mini Pill?
The mini pill is suitable for women who:
- Are breastfeeding. There has long been a claim that the oestrogen in combined pills may affect lactation. Even though the theory has been disproven, a lot of women still opt in for the mini pill as a viable, safer alternative.
- Have certain health issues. If you have a history of blood clotting in your lungs or legs or if you have genetic predispositions towards them, you might be safer off taking a mini pill.
- Have concerns about oestrogen. Some women are reluctant to take the combined pill due to various side effects of oestrogen and opt in for the mini-pill instead,
The effects of a mini pill are easily reversible. As soon as you stop taking mini-pills, your fertility is likely to immediately return.
Mini pills can also be used to treat skin inflammations linked to the menstrual cycle.
Who shouldn’t use the Mini Pill?
Your doctor will advise against using a mini pill if:
- You have a history of breast cancer
- You are suffering from a liver disease
- You are experiencing unexplained bleeding from the uterus
- You are taking HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or seizure treatments
- You cannot take the pill at the same time every day due to various personal factors.
Can I switch to a Combined Pill?
If you want to change from the mini pill to a contraceptive pill, you should visit your doctor or a local sexual health clinic and ask for advice.
You should not take a break between different pills which is why your doctor will advise you to take a new pill as you’ve had the last dose of your previous pill or the day after.
You will be required to use alternative contraceptive methods such as condoms during the transitional period, as it might take the new treatment some time before the effects set in.