Contraceptive methods allow you to choose when and whether you want to have a baby. However, they don’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
you’ll be able to find one that suits you best.
Condoms are a form of contraception that helps protect against both STIs and pregnancy. You should use condoms to protect your and your partner’s sexual health, whatever other type of contraception you’re using to prevent pregnancy.
There are lots of contraceptive methods to choose from. Don’t be put off if the first type you use isn’t quite right – you can try another. Find out more about the different methods of contraception:
- combined pill
- condoms (female)
- condoms (male)
- contraceptive implant
- contraceptive injection
- contraceptive patch
- intrauterine device (IUD)
- intrauterine system (IUS)
- natural family planning
- progestogen-only pill
- vaginal ring
There are two permanent methods of contraception:
- female sterilisation
- male sterilisation (vasectomy)
Women who have sex with men and don’t want to get pregnant need to keep using contraception until they haven’t had a period for more than 12 months (menopause).
This is because periods can become irregular before they stop entirely, and pregnancy can still occur during this time. Find out more about menopause.
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