Journal reading

Choosing a combined oral contraceptive pill

The combined oral contraceptive pill is an effective contraceptive method which can also offer other benefits. However, other contraceptive options should be discussed. If the pill is the chosen method, prescribe a pill with the lowest effective dose of oestrogen and progestogen.

Mary Stewart and Kirsten Black, Aust Prescr 2015;38:6-11

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Choosing a combined oral contraceptive pill

CPD Points

This activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD Plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity for CPD purposes.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

  • 4.2 Consider the appropriateness of prescribed medicines
  • 7.2 Provide ongoing medication management


This activity has been designed to take around 1 hour to complete - this is based on reading the article from an issue of Australian Prescriber and completing a quiz. You will be provided with immediate feedback on your answers and a certificate of completion will be available for you to download for self-reporting purposes.


Learning objectives

  1. Know the hormones contained in combined oral contraceptive pills
  2. Identify harmful effects associated with the combined oral contraceptive pill