Triphasil Pills in South Africa: A Woman's Guide – Get My Pill

Triphasil Pills in South Africa: A Woman's Guide

If you're considering the Triphasil pill as a contraceptive option you've come to the right place. In this article, we will look at how Triphasil pills work, their benefits, potential side effects, and how to get it online!

Image of a Triphasil pill

Some quick facts:

What does it contain?

It combines two hormones Ethinyl estradiol and Levonorgestrel

Side effects

Nausea, headaches, breast tenderness


Pharmacies including popular ones like Clicks and Dischem Pharmacy usually have stock

How to get

A prescription from a doctor is needed


To find out the price of Triphasil pills you can visit the link

What this article covers

  • What the pill pack includes
  • How to use
  • Its role in stopping periods
  • Benefit's 
  • Side effects
  • How to get it online 

What is the Triphasil pill?

Before we dive into the different topics regarding this pill let's take a quick look and what the triphasil pill looks like (including the different pill colors).

🌈 Inside the Triphasil Pack:

  • 5 White Pills πŸ’Š
  • 6 Brown Pills 🟀
  • 10 Yellow Pills 🟑
  • 7 Red Placebo Tablets πŸŸ₯
  • ⏰ Daily Ritual: Take one tablet daily for 21 days straight.

    Here are some images of the Triphasil contraceptive pill package 

    Picture of the Triphasil pack showing the colored pills
    Two types of Triphasil pill packs

🌟 How to use Triphasil pills🌟

Triphasil pills are typically provided in a 28-pill pack, divided into two types: 21 Active Pills containing medication and 7 Inactive Pills (reminder pills) with no medication. This can raise common questions such as :

  • Which triphasil pill do I start with? 
  • Which triphasil pill starts periods? 
  • Which triphasil pill stops periods?

If you're unsure which Triphasil pill to start with, the following recommendations are typically given: 

  • 🟀 Phase 1 (Day 1-6): Take 1 brown tablet daily for the first 6 days
  • βšͺ Phase 2 (Day 7-11): After the browns, switch to 1 white tablet daily for the next 5 days
  • πŸ’›Phase 3 (Day 12-21): Now, take 1 light yellow tablet daily for the following 10 days
  • πŸŸ₯ Red Inert Tablets (Day 22-28): Last 7 days, take 1 red inert tablet daily
  • It's important to note that in another version of the Triphasil pill pack, you might find 21 active white pills and 7 red inactive pills. Using this pack is just the same as the pill pack with different colors β€”take one hormone-filled active pill daily for 21 days, then switch to one inactive tablet daily for seven days after the 21 active pills.

    Other information you should consider:

    Timing Matters: Missing pills, beginning a new pack late, or altering your daily pill-taking time can increase the risk of unintended pregnancy.

    Expect Your Period: Your period is typically expected during the fourth week of the cycle.

    Continuous Use: Whether you have your period or not, begin a new pack the day after finishing the last inactive tablet or after going seven days without an active tablet, following your doctor's instructions if needed.

Can I use Triphasil pills to stop my periods?

Triphasil pills can be used to regulate or reduce the frequency of menstrual periods. One of the benefits of using triphasic birth control pill is that they provide a level of flexibility in managing your menstrual cycle

How the Triphasil pill stops periods

Triphasil is a combination birth control pill designed with three key hormones: ethinyl estradiol (estrogen), levonorgestrel (progestin), and a low dose of triphasic norethindrone (third progestin).

It works to stop periods or make them lighter by suppressing the natural hormonal fluctuations that lead to menstruation. The hormones in Triphasil prevent the release of eggs from the ovaries, thicken cervical mucus to hinder sperm movement, and create a more stable hormonal environment, which can result in lighter or absent periods while taking the medication as directed.

Because Triphasil maintains a consistent hormonal level for 21 days, followed by a 7-day hormone-free interval (inactive pills or a pill-free week), it regulates the menstrual cycle and typically results in a withdrawal bleed during the placebo week. This bleeding is not a true menstrual period, but rather a response to the withdrawal of hormones

Triphasil pill benefits

Triphasil comes with a range of benefits for South African women seeking contraception and menstrual cycle regulation. Here are some key advantages:

  • 🚫 Effective Pregnancy Prevention: Inhibits ovulation, ensuring no eggs for fertilization.
  • πŸ”„ Regulated Menstrual Cycle: The pill provides a controlled and predictable menstrual cycle. Its 28-day regimen, including 21 days of active hormonal pills followed by a 7-day hormone-free interval, helps regulate menstruation.
  • 🩸 Reduced Menstrual Cramps: Less intense cramps for a comfier period.
  • 🌊 Lighter and Regular Menstrual Flow:  Often results in a lighter, predictable flow.
  • 🌟 Improved Acne Control: Some individuals may notice an improvement in acne control as a secondary benefit of using Triphasil, thanks to its hormonal influence on sebum production.
  • πŸ’§ Decreased Blood Loss:  Contributes to less overall blood loss during menstruation
  • πŸ’Š Treatment for Menstrual Disorders: Addresses irregular periods or heavy bleeding.
  • πŸ” Reduced Risk of Ovarian and Endometrial Cancers: Long-term use of birth control pills like Triphasil has been associated with a reduced risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers, offering potential protective effects.
  • 😌 Management of Premenstrual Symptoms: Some individuals find relief from premenstrual symptoms, including mood swings and bloating

Side effects from taking Triphasil

Triphasil, like any medication, may cause side effects in some individuals, although many tolerate it well. It's crucial to note that not everyone experiences side effects, and the severity and frequency vary from person to person. Common side effects include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting: Which occurs initially for some; taking the pill before bed or with food can alleviate symptoms.
  • Headaches: May include migraines; consult your doctor for frequent or severe headaches.
  • Breast Tenderness: One common side effect of hormonal contraceptive pills is breast tenderness or sensitivity. After using it for a few weeks, it usually resolves by itself.
  • Mood Shifts: Hormonal fluctuations may lead to mood swings or irritability; changes in emotional well-being may occur
  • Severe side effects, such as blood clots, high blood pressure, or an increased cancer risk, are rare. Women with specific medical conditions should consult their doctor before starting Triphasil

Where can I get the Triphasil pill in South Africa?

To purchase any birth control medication, you must first get a prescription from a doctor (this usually involves making an in-person appointment). Once you've got a prescription you can purchase your medication from any pharmacy near you.

Can I get a prescription for the Triphasil pill online?

Telehealth services like Get My Pill provide access to licensed medical professionals who can offer expert advice and issue prescriptions online. Whether you prefer doorstep delivery or seek professional guidance, these options are all available to you should you not have time to make a doctor's appointment in person.

Getting a Triphasil Prescription Online

Here's how you can get your prescription for a specific oral contraceptive pill:

Online survey

Complete a quick 2-minute health questionnaire and select your preferred contraceptive brand


If approved, our medical team will issue a prescription after evaluating your order


Using your prescription, buy your medication at a pharmacy or from our delivery partners Clicks (includes free delivery)

This article's information is not meant to be taken as health or medical advice; rather, it is meant for educational and informational purposes only. If you have any concerns about a health objective or a medical condition, always seek the advice of a doctor or other qualified health provider (link).