Is the 3 month rule real?

The Lowdown: The thinking behind the ‘3 month rule’ is that it takes around 3 menstrual cycles for your body to adapt to the change in hormone levels caused by contraception Research shows that in most cases women’s side effects settle down after 3 months  Science indicates that the body will get used to the […]

Bone thinning

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Breast cancer

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Bleeds

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Synthetic Progestin

synthetic progestin

Every method of hormonal contraception contains one of a dozen of so synthetic (or man made) progestins, similar to the hormone made by the body called progesterone. Progestins work in various ways to stop pregnancy.  Ultimately, progestins work on their own or alongside synthetic oestrogens to do the following: Prevent ovulation – although there’s a […]

An introduction to your hormones

hormones menstrual cycle

In order to understand how contraception affects our bodies – we first need to make sure we understand how our bodies work naturally, without any contraception interfering with things. If you haven’t thought much about the hormones that control your menstrual cycle since ‘The Talk’ in Year 8, then read on.  Just a few years […]

Blood clots

blood clots contraception

The Lowdown: Blood clotting is a vital process that prevents excessive bleeding, but if clots form when and where they are not supposed to, the results can be very dangerous. The baseline risk of blood clots is so low that increasing it several times over will still result in a very small overall risk for […]

Mood

hormonal contraception side effects mood

The Lowdown: Hormonal contraception can have a negative impact on your mood, but some women find it beneficial Some forms of hormonal contraception could present a higher risk than others Your age and medical history can affect your risk of developing low-mood side-effects Working with your Doctor and taking note of the levels and types […]