Our Symptom checker provides clinical advice on what to do next based on your symptoms.
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.
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.
Hormonal medicines and periods
Some forms of hormonal contraception (for example the oral contraceptive pill, IUD coil, 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.
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.
'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.
What causes breast cancer?
The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood, but some factors that are known to increase the risk. Find out more about risk factors on this page.
Vaginal bleeding isn't always related to menstruation. It can also be caused by infection or injury.
Medicines and breastfeeding
While most medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding, some can affect your baby. Learn which medicines you can take and where to go for advice.
Deep vein thrombosis
DVT happens to people who have been inactive for long periods. Find out the main signs and symptoms of DVT and how to prevent it.