A WARNING has gone out to all women urging them to consult a doctor to get a full check up and prescription for the contraceptive pill rather than just asking over the counter.
Sarah Lowis from Catral learnt the hard way after suffering from severe pains just two weeks after getting the pill from her local pharmacy.
“I had chest pains and rashes on my legs and I was in so much pain that I immediately stopped taking it.”
Sarah said she had been on other pills before costing her around €18-20 each time. A friend recommended she try Diane 35, the pill that she had been prescribed by her doctor which cost less than €4 which she obtained from a pharmacy. However, within weeks Sarah, aged 19, suffered reactions to it.
Sarah carried out research on the internet to find that some countries are calling for Diane 35 to be banned, including the French authorities, because of links to four deaths from blood clots in the past 25 years. The drug is also used as an acne treatment.
Women should always consult their doctor before taking or changing their contraceptive pill to find the best one suitable for them, warned Sarah.