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The pill (combined oral contraceptive pill)
The combined oral contraceptive pill, usually called simply 'the pill', is an effective hormonal contraceptive method which can also offer other benefits.
Hormonal medicines and periods
Some forms of hormonal contraception (for example the oral contraceptive pill, hormonal IUD, and injection) may affect your menstrual cycle.
Contraceptive vaginal ring
The vaginal ring is an effective hormonal contraceptive method that works in the same way as the pill. It can also help control your periods.
Vaginal bleeding isn't always related to menstruation. It can also be caused by infection or injury.
Bleeding between periods
Vaginal bleeding between periods is not unusual, but should be checked by your doctor if it happens more than once or twice.
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If your period stops or changes in any way, you should see your doctor.
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How to take medicines safely in a natural disaster (bushfire, floods, cyclones)
It's important to have a plan to manage your medicines should a natural disaster strike. Here's how to safely take medication during a bushfire, flood and more.
There are different forms of anaestheisa that can be used to provide a safe and effective way for you to have an operation or procedure, and to give you pain relief. Most people do not have any problems and are satisfied with their anaesthetic.