What is contraception?

Contraception refers to the methods that are used to prevent pregnancy.

Types of contraception

There are many different types of contraception and none of them are perfect. You need to explore the contraceptions available to determine which one is right for you. Some methods of contraception (condoms and internal condoms) can also be used to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There is a range of different contraceptive options currently available and the type that works best for you will depend on your health and circumstances.

Some types of contraception are for men, some are for women, although certain people may not cope well with different types of contraception, they are recommended to anyone who is sexually active and not seeking a pregnancy. 

You can start by finding out about the methods of contraception you can choose from, including how they work, who can use them and possible side effects from a range of services and organisations below.  If you are under 16's find advice on contraception on Health for Teens

Advice and information about contraception

To find out about the different methods and which is the right one for you by visiting the Sexwise page on contraception.

Contraception is free on the NHS for all ages so you won't have to pay anything. Find out about the options available to you.


Sexual Health services  



Further advice and guidance can be accessed by clicking on the icons below.


Health for Teen Contraception information
Brook Contraception information

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