Can hormonal contraception help with period problems?
Yes, hormonal contraception is very good at reducing period pain and helping with heavy periods
Some methods make periods regular (the combined pill, patch, ring)
Continuous hormonal contraception can also stop periods (temporarily). Find out more about hormones here
Is it harmful to delay a period or to have no periods?
No, it’s not harmful at all - blood doesn’t build up inside the body, but the womb lining stays thin, so there’s no need to have a period
There are some benefits to stopping periods - less bleeding helps to save iron (many women are anaemic because of blood loss during periods)
Does stopping periods mean it’s hard to get pregnant in future?
No - Having a break from periods has no effect on future fertility either way. It’s naturally harder to get pregnant as women get older (from age 35 it’s a bit harder; over age 40 it becomes even more difficult)
It can take several months to get periods back after using the injection, but all other methods are quickly out of the body within a few days
Is it necessary to have a period every month?
No – periods don’t ‘clean out the system’; and period blood is not ‘bad blood’ – period blood is darker because it comes out slower than bleeding from a cut for example
If a person wants to delay periods on the combined pill, patch or vaginal ring, it’s a good idea to have a period every three months, otherwise spotting can happen (although this is not harmful)