Contraception, also known as birth control and fertility control, are methods or devices used to prevent pregnancy. Several methods of contraception are available in Australia. The method that you choose will depend on your general health, lifestyle and relationships. Contraceptive options include barrier methods, oral pills and vaginal rings, intrauterine devices (IUDs), implants and injections, sterilisation, emergency contraception and natural methods. Hormonal contraception is regarded as one of the most reliable and successful ways of preventing pregnancy. Proven to be almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy, it is the preferred form of contraception for more than 3.5 million women across Australia.
The oral contraceptive pill (OCP), commonly referred to as ‘the pill’ is the cornerstone of fertility control and has been used by over 100 million women worldwide. Australia was the second nation in the world to have access to this simple pill over 50 years ago and now approximately 50% to 80% of Australian women use the pill at some stage of their reproductive lives. The pill comes in different forms and strengths and choosing the right one is an important individual choice. Different pills may suit you at different times in your life so it is important to talk to a doctor about the choices available to you. There are two families of OCP available in Australia, the combined oral contraceptive (COC) pill and the Progesterone only pill (Mini pill). While oral contraceptives are regarded as the most popular forms of contraceptives available today, recent studies have shown that more and more women are choosing alternative forms of hormonal contraception like injections, implants and the vaginal ring, Nuvaring.
Making the right choice is important and our doctors can help you find a pill that suits you and your body. We can offer you advice on your choice of contraception whether you are taking the pill for the first time or looking for a change. Book now for a confidential consultation with one of our friendly doctors and find out how we can help you.