This is your quick guide to contraception. There are both hormonal and non-hormonal options available. Choosing the right method of contraception for you is a personal decision. Click through the pages to find out more about the options available, how they work, who can use them and some of the potential side effects.

Disclaimer: This guide is meant to give you information about contraception but should not be used as a replacement for a medical opinion. If you have any worries or suspect that you may be pregnant/have a sexually transmitted infection please approach an appropriate health care professional!

  • The Progesterone Only Pill

    A tablet you can take the same time every day, different types

  • The Ring

    A small and plastic ring, inserted into the vagina, releases hormones. Change every 3-4 weeks

  • The Patch

    A small and sticky patch, changed once a week, releases hormones through the skin

  • The Combined Pill

    A tablet you can take the same time every day, different types

  • The Injection

    An injection given even every 3 months by a doctor or nurse

  • IUD

    Small T-shaped device, inserted into the uterus, non-hormonal, lasts for 5-10 years

  • IUS

    A small T-shaped device, inserted into the uterus, releases hormones, lasts 3-5 years

  • Condoms

    Condoms are the only form of contraception that protect against STIs and should be used alongside the other forms of contraception.

  • Diaphragm

    Circular dome inserted inside the vagina before sex which prevents sperm reaching uterus

  • Sterilisation: Tubal Occlusion

    A permanent surgical procedure that blocks the tubes that carry the egg.

  • Implant

    A small plastic rod inserted in the inside of the upper arm, releases hormones, lasts for 3 years.

  • Natural Family Planning

    Tracking your cycle to identify the fertile and infertile days of the month.


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