Advice when using Combined Hormonal Contraceptives (pill, patches or ring) during the ‘lockdown’
8th April 2020
If you have had a review of your pill in the last 6 months, there is no need for you to be seen by your GP. Current advice is that your GP should be able to provide you with a further 6 months supply, which should hopefully be enough to see you well through the current situation (this is for the pill and patches; the ring can only be supplied in 3 months batches due to the way it needs to be stored).
If it has been more than a year since you were last reviewed, you will likely be asked to have a telephone review with a clinician from your surgery/clinic (this may be a nurse or a doctor). They will want to check if there has been any significant change in the following: your weight, your medical status (eg migraines, raised blood pressure, new medication) or changes in your family history (eg blood clots/DVTs). If you can provide an up to date weight (just from your own home scales), that would be really helpful, and if you have your own blood pressure monitor your surgery may also ask you to check your own blood pressure too.
If everything is ok, your GP/nurse will then be able to provide you with 3 months supply.
If there are any concerns following the discussion, your GP/nurse may suggest switching to a different form of contraception, such as the progestogen-only pill, until you can be reviewed in person.
If your last review was 6 – 12 months ago, your surgery should be able to provide you with 3 months supply before you will need a more formal review.
PLEASE NOTE: ADVICE IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY. INDIVIDUALS SHOULD SEEK PERSONALISED ADVICE FROM THEIR OWN GP/NURSE BEFORE MAKING CHANGES TO THEIR CONTRACEPTION