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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.
A contraceptive implant is inserted under your skin and offers an effective, convenient, long-term contraception option, safe for use by most women.
The contraceptive injection, containing a synthetic version of the hormone progestogen, lasts up to 3 months. It is given into your buttock or upper arm.
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.
There are many methods and types of contraception. Some are easier to use or more effective than others — know how to make the best choice for you.
Diaphragm (contraceptive device)
The diaphragm sits inside the vagina and prevents sperm reaching the womb. It’s less effective than other methods of contraception.
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.
Inserting an IUCD
A coil or intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUD) is a contraceptive device. An IUD can be removed by your doctor. Read about how this method of contraception works and how a IUD is inserted.
The pill (combined oral contraceptive pill)
The combined oral contraceptive pill, usually called simply 'the pill', is an effective hormonal contraceptive method which can also offer other benefits.
'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.