There are many contraceptives available. In this post we have focused on contraceptives that contain oestrogen and/ or progesterone, how they can be used to help menstrual-related symptoms, and how contraceptives can affect your cycle. Contraception can help regulate cycles, stop irregular bleeding, lighten bleeding, and reduce menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding. It’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor or nurse when choosing a contraceptive to either protect against pregnancy or to manage your period-related symptoms. It’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages of all the options available to you.