It’s rare that serious side effects occur on the combined pill. But it’s still important to be mindful of these and get help if you notice anything unusual.
Before taking this pill, refer to the package insert that comes with the medication for detailed info on side effects and what to do if you notice them.
If you experience any of the following, seek immediate medical attention:
Deep vein thrombosis: pain in the leg that occurs when standing, a warm feeling in the affected leg and a bluish colour on the leg.
Pulmonary embolism: breathlessness, coughing that brings up blood, chest pains, dizziness, irregular heartbeat and stomach pains.
Retinal vein thrombosis: pain in the eye, blurred vision and loss of vision.
Heart attack: chest pain, a feeling of fullness or squeezing in the chest or arm, indigestion with a feeling of choking, back discomfort that radiates to the stomach, jaw, throat and arm, sweating, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, weakness, anxiety, loss of breath and irregular heartbeat.
Stroke: weakness, numbness in the face or limbs, problems speaking, confusion, vision problems, loss of balance, severe headaches and fainting or seizures.