Life is busy enough without long waits at the doctor’s office for a contraception script. Most of the time, you already know what you need, so chasing that piece of paper can be frustrating and feel like a waste of time.
Now, you can consult your doctor and get your contraception from the comfort of home with InstantScripts.
Offering the ease and convenience of online shopping, plus the care of a professional team of RACGP-certified doctors, you can skip the waiting room while getting everything you need to stay protected.
Simply fill out a request form to have your request reviewed by a real, Australian doctor and sent to your nearest participating pharmacy in just minutes. Alternatively, you can select the express shipping option to have your contraception delivered directly to your door in just 1-3 business days.
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With online scripts in just minutes and home delivery in 1-3 business days, accessing your regular contraception has never been easier:
InstantScripts offers a range of contraception options. If you already have a regular contraception, search the categories below to find your usual medication and request a script.
If you need a little guidance in finding the right contraceptive method for you, book a Telehealth consultation with one of our RACGP-certified doctors to get the professional advice you need.
Giving you the freedom to live life away from the doctor’s office, InstantScripts is dedicated to offering you the best medical support from the comfort of your own home.
With real Australian doctors available at just the touch of a button, you can get medical advice and scripts online. With scripts in minutes and home delivery in just days, accessing contraception online has never been safer, easier or more convenient.
The efficacy of most contraceptive methods depends on many factors, including interaction with other medications, and whether you’re using the contraception as directed. Assuming perfect use, here are the typical levels of effectiveness you can expect:
Male condoms: 98% effective
Diaphragms: 94% effective Combined oral contraceptives: 99% effective
Mini-pills: 99% effective
Mirena: 99% effective
Copper IUD: 99% effective
Implanon: 99% effective
Depo Provera injection: 99% effective
Nuvaring: 99% effective
Emergency contraception: 98-99% effective within four days of unprotected sex
Typically, it’s considered that there are four main types of contraception:
Contraceptive pills work in a variety of ways.
Combined contraceptive pills stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (mini-pills also do this, though less consistently).
Oral contraception also works to create unfavourable conditions for fertilisation. This includes thinning the uterus wall while thickening cervical mucus to help prevent fertilisation and reduce the chances of pregnancy.
As contraceptive pills contain hormones, they can come with some side effects:
If you experience extreme or unmanageable side effects while taking oral contraception, it’s best to consult your doctor to find a solution or alternative method of birth control.
Possible side effects of contraceptive implants include:
The contraceptive injection may come with some side effects. Side effects usually settle over time, but they can be long-lasting:
Some implants involve inserting a flexible plastic rod under the skin of your upper arm.
You shouldn’t be able to see the implant as it’s hidden beneath the skin, however, if you touch the place on your arm where it was inserted, you will be able to feel it.
There are several natural contraceptive methods that do not require the use of hormones or physical barriers. They include:
As long as you are healthy and not experiencing any concerning side effects, you can continue taking birth control pills for as long as you need. However, please be aware that certain medications and health conditions can impact the efficacy of your birth control pills.
For the greatest effect, you should take the pill every day at the same time (this is particularly important when taking the mini-pill). It’s best to set an alarm on your phone to remind you when it’s time to take your pill. Taking the sugar pills instead of throwing them out can also help to maintain the habit.
If you miss a dose and it’s been less than 48 hours since your last pill, take the skipped dose immediately and continue taking the rest of the pills on your regular schedule, even if that means taking two pills in the same day.
If you’ve missed two or more active pills, take the last missed pill as soon as you remember and throw away the other missed pills. Use a back-up method of birth control such as condoms for the next 7 days.
Contraceptive pills are considered safe, but just like any medication, they can come with risks and side effects.
The combination pill may slightly increase the chances of conditions such as heart attack, stroke, blood clots and liver tumours, though this is a very small increase. For the most part, mini-pills don’t come with these risks.
If you are concerned about the risks or have a medical history that may make oral contraception unsuitable for you, it’s best to consult your doctor for advice.
‘Spotting’ or ‘breakthrough bleeding’ is a common side effect of taking oral contraception and is especially common in the first three months of using hormonal birth control or after switching pills.
While oestrogen can cause weight gain, most, if not all contraceptive pills do not contain enough of the hormone to make it happen. As a result, most studies oppose the theory that oral contraceptives cause weight gain.
There is a chance that a little extra weight may be gained within the first few months of taking birth control pills, but this is typically due to water retention rather than actual weight gain. Typically, this is a temporary side effect of oral contraception.