Advice when using the Progestogen-only Pill during the ‘lockdown’
8th April 2020
The progestogen-only pill (POP or mini-pill) is actually very safe to use long term with minimal monitoring required. Clinical readings (such as blood pressure) are not generally required – although it is always a good opportunity to check these things for general health reasons!
As a result, this pill can potentially be prescribed following a telephone consultation with a GP or nurse from your surgery. If starting it for the first time it can be helpful to have an up to date weight, which you can provide over the phone if you have scales at home. But if you are already using this form of contraception there is no real need for any physical examination prior to being given a repeat prescription.
The only concern would be if you have started any new medication that may interact with the pill (mainly certain antibiotics that are used long term, and also some anti-epileptic medications). If this is the case you should speak to your GP/nurse about whether this pill is still a suitable option for you.
Your GP/nurse should be able to provide you with an ongoing prescription, potentially 6 months at a time during the current lockdown situation.
As this pill is generally safe for most women, it may be that your GP/nurse will recommend changing to this form of contraception during the lockdown if your usual form cannot be provided.
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