My contraceptive choices
Whether you’re looking for a method you don’t have to worry about remembering every day, are not happy with your current method or are looking to start using contraception for the first time, there’s a wide range available so you can find an option that fits with your body, sex life, health and lifestyle.
You can have a look through the different methods by clicking the links below. Don’t worry if you’re not sure which method might suit you, as your doctor or nurse will help you select one that is best for you – see Let’s Talk. You might also find it helpful to complete this quick form before your appointment so you can tell them what you’d like (or wouldn’t like!)
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
These contraceptives can offer you protection from pregnancy from 2 months to up to 10 years, depending on the type of LARC. If you don’t have any plans to have a baby in the near future, one of these might be the option for you.
If you don't like the idea of taking a pill every day and don't want a long-acting method, then the contraceptive ring may be for you.
If a weekly option sounds appealing then the contraceptive patch may be an option for you.
The pill has been around for more than 50 years and there are two main types; the combined pill and the progestogen only pill. The clue about the difference between the two is all in the name; the combined pill contains both progestogen and oestrogen whilst the progestogen only pill contains only progestogen.
If none of the above seem right for you, don’t worry, there are more options for you to choose from - barrier methods like the condom or the cap, as well as natural contraceptive methods and also sterilisation. You can also find out about emergency contraception in this section – but do remember that it is only for an emergency and not intended to replace the use of a regular contraceptive choice.