On top of preventing pregnancies, contraception may be used for other medical reasons. For example, some contraceptives actually help you control your cycle and even reduce the number of periods you have each year.

Having fewer periods

If you’re taking hormonal contraception you don’t need a period every month. To learn about the types of contraception that will reduce the number of periods you have to 0, 2+, 4 or ~13 periods a year, click through the options below.

Methods of Contraception

There are three main groups of contraception: barrier methods, intrauterine methods and hormonal methods. When selecting the most appropriate contraceptive for you there are several considerations, including; how effective it is, possible side effects, lifestyle, personal preference, plans for future pregnancies, and any medical conditions that you may have/other medications that you may be taking. Click on the names below to read about how each of the different contraceptive methods works. To learn about how hormonal contraceptive methods affect your period as well as your fertility, click here.

How hormonal contraceptives affect your period

Hormonal contraceptives contain either just progestogen, or a combination of the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. All hormonal contraceptive methods affect your period as well as your fertility, but there are some differences in the way they do this depending on which of the two categories of hormonal contraceptives they fit into.

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