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A contraceptive implant is inserted under your skin and offers an effective, convenient, long-term contraception option, safe for use by most women.
Hormonal medicines and periods
Some forms of hormonal contraception (for example the oral contraceptive pill, hormonal IUD, and injection) may affect your menstrual cycle.
Why contraception fails - and how to choose a method that works
New research shows that 4 in 10 women who get pregnant unintentionally are using contraception — which is why it's vital to choose the right method for you.
Some types of contraception (birth control) are easier to use or more effective than others - know how to make the best choice for you.
Why am I spotting between periods? Plus 9 other female health questions answered
healthdirect’s Chief Medical Officer answers how to handle the symptoms of endometriosis and bleeding between your periods, plus other questions.
Tubal ligation is a permanent form of contraception or sterilisation. Read about the benefits, risks and alternatives to having your tubes tied.
The pill (combined oral contraceptive pill)
The combined oral contraceptive pill, usually called 'the pill', is a type of contraception (birth control) that can also help control your periods.
Diaphragm (contraceptive device)
A diaphragm is a type of contraception (birth control). Find out about diaphragms, how to use them and how well they work to stop pregnancy.
Progestogen-only pill (mini pill)
The progestogen-only pill (POP) is a type of contraception (birth control) that is sometimes called the mini pill. Read about the types of POP.
Is it safe to get a prescription for the contraceptive pill online?
You can now get a prescription for the oral contraceptive pill online and have it sent it your door, without seeing a GP. But experts are concerned.