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Contraception

 

 

Do get your contraception sorted out before you have sex.


You can get free, confidential help (even if you are under 16) from your GP, contraceptive and sexual health services and some pharmacists. So you don’t need to take any risks.

You should use contraception if you want to avoid becoming pregnant.

There are many different types available to suit your needs. Contraception needs to be chosen and used carefully. If you do not use a contraceptive method carefully the risk of pregnancy is higher.

Most contraceptive methods do NOT protect you against STI’s. The most effective protection against STI’s is the condom, and this needs to be used consistently and corrrectly to prevent transmission of infections.

If you want to avoid pregnancy, prevent infections, are in a new relationship, and you and your partner have never been tested for infections we STRONGLY recommend that you use both the most appropriate contraception AND condoms. This is commonly known as the “double dutch” method.

If you’ve had sex without using contraception, or you’ve forgotten to take your pill or think that your contraceptive may have failed, there are two emergency methods you can use:

  • hormonal contraception (the ‘morning-after’ pill) up to 72 hours (3 days) after the unprotected sex. The sooner it is taken, the better it works. It is available FREE to U21s from any contraceptive or sexual health clinic, most GPs and some chemists.
  • You can have an IUD fitted up to 5 days after the unprotected sex. This is the most effective method of emergency contraception.
  • Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) is available free to U25s from selected pharmacists. Click - pharmacy list.

 

Do get your contraception sorted out before you have sex.

You can get free, confidential help ( even if you are under 16) from your GP, contraceptive and sexual health services and some pharmacists. So you don’t need to take any risks.

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