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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.

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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.

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Mini pill (progestogen-only pill)

The 'mini pill' is a type of contraceptive. It contains only one hormone and you can use it while breastfeeding.

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Hormonal medicines and periods

Some forms of hormonal contraception (for example the oral contraceptive pill, IUD coil, and injection) may affect your menstrual cycle.

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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.

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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.

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'Morning after' pill (emergency contraception pill)

The 'morning after' pill is a type of emergency contraception that can be used within a few days of unprotected sex. It shouldn’t be used as regular contraception.

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Medicines and breastfeeding

While most medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding, some can affect your baby. Find out which medicines you can take and how to get advice.

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The truth hurts: hysterectomy doesn’t cure endometriosis

Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women, often leading to pain and infertility. Despite one celeb's hysterectomy for endo at 31, it’s not a cure for endometriosis.

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal condition that affects up to 1 in 10 girls and women in their reproductive years.

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