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Menstruation happens about once a month. Learn more about the menstrual cycle, what causes your period and health problems related to periods.
Suffering from heavy, painful or irregular periods? Does PMS affect your wellbeing? Learn about common period problems and how to cope.
Hormonal medicines and periods
Some forms of hormonal contraception (for example the oral contraceptive pill, IUD coil, and injection) may affect your menstrual cycle.
Puberty for girls
Learn about the complex physical and emotional changes that occurs to a girl when she becomes a young woman.
The length of your cycle may change by the month, but if your period is suddenly very different, you should see your doctor.
Breastfeeding and periods
Many factors determine when your period will return when you're breastfeeding. Learn more about how breastfeeding affects your menstrual cycle.
Hysteroscopic endometrial ablation
An endometrial ablation is a common gynaecological operation. It helps relieve the symptoms of heavy periods. You should get less bleeding and pain.
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.
Women don't need to 'put up' with heavy periods
Heavy menstrual bleeding affects 1 in 4 Australian women, but treatment is available. There's no need to suffer in silence.
Your periods are heavy if you're using more tampons or pads than usual. Here's what you can do for heavy periods, starting with a doctor's visit.