There are many different types of contraceptives available and making the right choice can be complicated. Some things you may want to consider are:

  • how reliable is the method?
  • how does it affect my body?
  • do I need a prescription for it?
  • how much does it cost?
  • does it offer protection from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV?
  • is it still reliable if I'm ill?
  • how is it used?
  • how easily available is it?
  • can I use it if I'm under 16?
  • how can I discuss contraception with my partner?

Some forms of contraception will only be issued with a doctor’s prescription from your GP, Contraception & Sexual Health Clinic (Locala Services), or Young Person's Clinic. It’s a good idea to visit one of these in any case possibly with a list of questions that you have, so that you can talk about the method that would suit you best. Consultations are free and confidential.

There is a lot of choice from coils (IUS and IUDs), implants, contraceptive pills and condoms. Coils and implants can last from two to five years and you might find that it takes a few months to adjust to any hormonal contraceptives. You need to think about what is the best method for you.

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