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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Dry socket is a complication of a tooth extraction, resulting in intense pain. Find out more about its causes, symptoms and treatment options.