Medical Q&As

Contraceptive pill - changing brand?

I have been advised by my doctor to change brands of contraceptive pill. She has told me it is safe to start taking the new brand after the normal 7 day break and that the level of contraception will not be affected. Is this safe as the leaflet says to skip the 7-day break?

It is generally recommended that the seven day pill-free interval be avoided when changing from one brand of contraceptive to another. In other words when you take the last pill from your current packet you commence on the first pill from your new packet the very next day.