Contraception & Family Planning


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What is Rubella and why is it dangerous?

What is Rubella and why is it dangerous? What is Rubella? Rubella (sometimes called German Measles) is a viral infection.  It used to be very common, but routine vaccination has reduced cases dramatically in Australia. In 2018 the World Health Organisation announced that Australia had eliminated Rubella. However, it is [...]

5 myths & misunderstandings about the pill

5 myths & misunderstandings about the pill Does the pill make you gain weight? A lot of women ask this question. So far, research shows no major effect of the contraceptive pill on weight. A review of 49 scientific trials in 2014 did not reveal an evidence of significant weight [...]

What are the side effects of the pill?

What are the side effects of the pill? The combined contraceptive pill (commonly known as “the pill”) has been around since the 1960s and is used by women all over the world as an effective, convenient form of birth control. It contains two hormones- oestrogen and progesterone, and it works by preventing [...]

Can you get pregnant on the pill?

Can you get pregnant on the pill? The simple answer is yes. No form of contraception (birth control) is 100% effective. However, if taken perfectly, the contraceptive pill (also known as the combined contraceptive pill or simply “the pill”), is a highly effective method of contraception. More than 80% of sexually active women will [...]

On the pill? 5 questions your doctor should be asking you

On the pill? 5 questions your doctor should be asking you The contraceptive pill – also known as the combined oral contraceptive pill or simply “the pill” has been around since the 1960s and is a safe, effective form of birth control for millions of women all over the world. However, like any [...]

Considering a Mirena? common questions doctors get asked

Considering a Mirena? common questions doctors get asked What is a Mirena coil? The Mirena intrauterine system (IUS), often known simple as the “Mirena” or “Mirena coil”, is a small plastic device that is inserted into the uterus (womb) by a trained doctor or nurse. It releases the hormone progesterone into the cavity [...]

The mini pill-10 common questions doctors get asked

10 questions women often ask about the mini pill what is it? Is it effective? contraindications side effects What is the mini pill and what is it used for? The mini pill (also known as the progesterone only pill or POP for short) is used as a method [...]

The morning after pill- the facts & a new 5 day option

The morning after pill- the facts & a new 5 day option how it works types effectiveness side effects How does the morning after pill work? Unprotected sex, a missed pill, a burst condom-there are many reasons a woman may find herself suddenly [...]

Do antibiotics affect the contraceptive pill?

Do antibiotics affect the contraceptive pill? For decades, if a woman was started on an antibiotic, it was standard practice for the doctor to ask if she was also taking the contraceptive pill. It was thought that antibiotics interfered with the levels of the pill in a woman’s body, and might stop it [...]

The contraceptive pill and blood clots- what are the risks?

The combined oral contraceptive pill (or “the pill” as it’s more commonly known) first became available in America in the early 1960s. It quickly became a trusted method of birth control for millions of women worldwide. It’s safe, effective (when taken correctly!), and has allowed women to plan their pregnancies, careers and lives in [...]