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Research Article

Patterns of contraceptive pill taking in an inner city practice.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 293 doi: (Published 06 September 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;293:601
  1. I G Finlay,
  2. M G Scott


    A total of 161 patients completed a questionnaire about their pattern of taking the oral contraceptive pill. Only 28% (45) of patients were taking the pill according to the manufacturer's instructions, and in the event of the pill being missed only 26% of patients would use a sheath. A tenth of the patients believed that amenorrhoea always indicated pregnancy, but 35% believed that amenorrhoea was harmful to the body. This group did not differ in their pill taking from the remaining 65% of patients.