Understanding You How contraception can help your menstrual cycle
You can manage your menstrual cycle through some forms of contraception and when it comes to contraception there are a wide range of options available. The method of contraception you choose will depend on such things as your health history, your lifestyle, the benefits you are looking for from your contraception as well as your personal beliefs and preferences.
Below are a variety of contraceptive options available for Australian women. While some have benefits beyond birth control, it is important to ensure you use the method that is right for you and discuss all options with your doctor.
- Male condom
- Female condom
- Progestogen-only implant (Implanon)
- Progestogen-only injections (Depo-Provera)
- Vaginal ring (Nuvaring)
- Oral contraceptive pill
- Intrauterine Device (IUD, Mirena)
- Sterilisation (vasectomy, hysterectomy etc)
- Natural methods such as the rhythm method
- Emergency contraception (the Morning After Pill)
Since about half of all pregnancies are unplanned1, it's important to be confident about your contraceptive choice. It’s best to visit your doctor and discuss the best contraceptive option for you before making your decision.
- WebSurvey (2006) What women want when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, prepared by WebSurvey for Marie Stopes International