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Contraception

There are many types of contraception, and they all work in different ways to help prevent pregnancy. Condoms are your only defence against both pregnancy AND sexually transmitted infections. Free condoms are available from all of our clinics.

Condoms

Condoms, when used correctly are the only form of contraception that protects you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancy.

Free condoms are available from all of our clinics. The C Card scheme provides young people aged 19 and under with free condoms from other outlets, such as pharmacies and youth clubs.

Registering for a C Card includes a demonstration of how to put on a condom properly. Find local registration points →

Visit NHS Choices for more information on condoms

The pill

There are many different types of contraceptive pill. You can find out which one is best for you by visiting your GP or contraceptive clinic. Find local clinics →

Visit NHS Choices for more information on the pill

Caps and diaphragms

To get a diaphragm you need to visit one of our clinics as you need to be fitted with one by a doctor or nurse. Find local clinics →

Visit NHS Choices for more information on caps and diaphragms

Implants and injections

These are long term contraception methods and are very effective at preventing pregnancy. They do not prevent infections.

Visit NHS Choices for more information on implants and injections.

Patches

The contraceptive patch sticks to a woman’s body and delivers hormones through the skin. Patches are worn for three weeks and you have a week off. The patches should be changed every week.

Visit NHS Choices for more information on patches

IUD and IUS (coil)

IUDs are small devices made of copper that can be fitted in the womb. IUS is similar to an IUD but it’s made of plastic and contains a hormone that is released locally in the body.

Visit NHS Choices for more information on IUD and IUS (coil)

Vaginal ring

The vaginal ring is a small plastic ring which releases hormones and is placed in the vagina for 21 days at a time.

Visit NHS Choices for more information on vaginal rings

Sterilisation/vasectomy

These are permanent methods of contraception. Talk to one of our sexual health advisors or you GP if you are considering being sterilised.

Visit NHS Choices for more information on sterilization

Visit NHS Choices for more information on vasectomies

Visit one of our clinics for a chat about which type of contraception is best for you

Not all clinics offer all of the types of contraception and remember that some types of contraception require two appointments. All contraception is free. Find your nearest clinic →

Want to talk to a human? Call our helpline 0300 790 0245 or visit one of our clinics.

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