Patients often aren't aware that they may need to stop taking their birth control pill before undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure. One of the lead clinic nurses here at MYA tells you all you need to know.
The contraceptive pill is one of the most popular birth control methods in the UK. It can be used for contraceptive purposes and as a way to stabilise the monthly cycle, reducing period discomfort.
It works by stopping ovulation and therefore pregnancy.
It is generally advised you stop taking birth control medication prior to having cosmetic surgery.
The lead clinic nurse at MYA, Jayne Carlon, explains:
We do not routinely advise all patients to discontinue the contraceptive pill, the decision to stop your combined or progesterone-only contraceptive pill depends on your surgeon's requirements.
This will be discussed at your nurse e pre-op appointment. If you have any further questions or concerns, please consult your GP or family planning clinic.
Patients who are undergoing an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) must have stopped taking HRT or combined contraceptive pill and progesterone-only based medication at least four weeks prior to surgery.
Patients will be required to take a routine pregnancy test on the day of their procedure.
When discontinuing the contraception pill, it is important to abstain from sexual intercourse or use another form of contraception such as a condom.
For more advice on contraception, please consult the NHS website.
Taking the pill can lead to some side effects - including developing blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
During the recovery period, patients won’t be moving around as much as they’re used to, which also increases the risk of developing blood clots.
Having a general anaesthetic also increases these risks, so it is important to discontinue these medications prior to surgery.
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