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Contraception

 

Contraception is free for most people in the UK. With 15 methods to choose from, you'll find one that suits you.

 

Contraceptive methods allow you to choose when and if you want to have a baby, but they don’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms help to protect against STIs and pregnancy, so whatever other method of contraception you're using to prevent pregnancy, use condoms as well to protect you and your partner’s health.

 

Where to get it

 

Contraceptive services are free and confidential, including to people under 16 as long as they are mature enough to understand the information and decisions involved. There are strict guidelines for care professionals who work with people under 16.

 

You can get contraception free. Talk to your GP or one of the Practice Nurses.

 

Find sexual health services.

 

Many of these places also offer information, testing and treatment for STIs. If you've been exposed to the risk of pregnancy, you're also at risk of catching an STI.

 

Before you make an appointment, make sure you’re as informed as possible about the contraceptive options available. People’s choice of contraception may vary over time, depending on their lifestyle and circumstances.

 

The methods of contraception

 

There are lots of methods to choose from, so don't be put off if the first thing you use isn't quite right for you; you can try another. You can read about each of the different methods of contraception by visiting these pages: 

There are two permanent methods of contraception:

For further useful information please click on this link: 

contraceptive-choices.pdf

 

To find your nearest contraception clinic you can use the

NHS Choices service search. Enter your postcode, click 'search', then click 'contraception'.

 

You can also look in the phone book under 'sexual health', or use the fpa clinic finder.

 

You can find out more about each type of contraception by contacting:

  • fpa on 0845 122 8690.
  • Brook Advisory Service (for under-25s) on 0808 802 1234.

In addition to your chosen method of contraception, you need to use condoms to prevent STIs. Always buy condoms that have the CE mark on the packet. This means that they've been tested to the high European safety standards. Condoms that don't have the CE mark won't meet these standards, so don't use them.

 

 


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