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Contraception options

There are many methods of contraception. Here's how to choose the right one for you, considering things like effectiveness, safety and convenience.

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Contraceptive injection

The contraceptive injection, containing the hormone progestogen, lasts for up to 3 months. It is given into your buttock or the upper arm.

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Intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD)

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a highly effective and reliable method of contraception. The two types available are the copper IUD and the hormonal IUD.

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'Morning after' pill (emergency contraception pill)

The 'morning after' pill is a type of emergency contraception that can be used within a few days of unprotected sex. It shouldn’t be used as regular contraception.

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Contraceptive vaginal ring

The vaginal ring is an effective hormonal contraceptive method that works in the same way as the pill. It can also help control your periods.

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Diaphragm (contraceptive device)

The diaphragm sits inside the vagina and prevents sperm from reaching the womb. However, it’s less effective than other methods of contraception.

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Why contraception fails - and how to choose a method that works

New research shows that 4 in 10 women who get pregnant unintentionally are using contraception - which is why it's vital to choose the right method for you.

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Contraceptive implant

A contraceptive implant is inserted under your skin and offers an effective, convenient, long-term contraception option, safe for use by most women.

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Mini pill (progestogen-only pill)

Progestogen-only pill (mini pill)

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Hormonal medicines and periods

Trusted information about hormonal medicines how they can affect your periods can be found on this page.

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Vasectomy

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that sterilises a man. Read more about the vasectomy procedure, what to expect and how soon a vasectomy will work.

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