The pill

The Pill and contraception:

If you are not sure which method of contraception is the right one for you, Brook have developed the My Contraception Tool to help give you an overview of which method best suits your lifestyle and health. Brook also offers a text and webchat service to give sexual health information and support to under-25s. Advisers are available by text on 07717 989 023 between 9 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday. 

If you want to find out more about which method of contraception suits you best and how they work, the NHS has provided an introduction to the various options available to you. You can also use the NHS website to find your nearest sexual health clinic by entering your postcode.

There is also detailed information on both the combined pill and progestogen-only pill, which discuss the advantages and disadvantages, what to do if you miss a pill, how the different pills prevent pregnancy and what to do if you are late taking a pill , so that you can be informed about your medication.

Fit For Travel will also help you assess whether your contraception method is suitable for any travel plans you may have. This includes how to find out how deal with crossing time zones when taking your specific pill and to consider the availability of contraception in your destination country. For example, it may be difficult to find reliable condoms in some destinations, however looking for the European CE mark helps to ensure the condoms have been quality tested.

Consider downloading the apps offered by the NHS  to your smartphone to help you monitor your sexual health and find sexual health services near you. As well as focusing on preventing pregnancy, it is important to get tested for STIs regularly too. 


is available free for most people in the UK from your GP or practice nurse, GUM clinics, sexual health services and community contraception clinics. However, if your busy lifestyle makes it difficult for you to organise your regular prescription for your oral contraceptives, you could also consider ordering your tablets from our online doctor service. If you want to have a pack where you take a tablet every day, even during your period, so that you don’t forget to keep taking them after the free week, look for packs marked with -ED. There is also an express delivery option, meaning your order can be guaranteed for next day delivery which is useful if you are starting to run out. 

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