EXPLORING all options before choosing the contraceptive pill is the advice of Dr Geoff Cashion from Allenstown Medical Centre.
Dr Cashion yesterday said that common side effects were associated with all sorts of medication.
"It's not uncommon to see changes related to mood or anxiety when using these pills so women should always stay in close contact with their GP when on these medications.
"Blood clots and migraines are the major things GPs think about in terms of common side effects of the pill but there are side effects that are less common but are still very serious.
"It's always good to consider all options, including longer-term items such as implantation devices, before deciding on the pill.
"Women should talk to their GP about what alternatives are out there and whether the pill is right for them."