Condoms are the only form of contraception that protect you from sexually transmitted infections! However, they are only around 80% effective at preventing pregnancy, so we recommend using them alongside another more reliable form of contraception.   

Contraceptive pill - there are two main types of the contraceptive pill. The combined pill (commonly known as ‘the pill’) contains oestrogen and progesterone. The progesterone-only pill (commonly known as the 'mini pill') contains just progesterone.

The patch is similar to the 'pill' but instead of taking a pill every day, your body receives the hormones through the skin.

The vaginal ring works very similarly to the combined pill but the hormones are delivered into the bloodstream through the vaginal wall.

The coil - There are two types of coil: Intrauterine device (IUD) and Intrauterine system (IUS).

The implant is a very small flexible rod that sits under the skin and releases the hormone progesterone.

The injection is given every 13 weeks that contains progesterone.

A vasectomy involves cutting or sealing the tube that carries sperm from the testicles.


Sexwise is a great website full of useful information that can help you decide which method might be the best for you before your visit.

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