Contraception

Contraception can help you avoid unwanted pregnancies. There are a number of methods and which one is right for you will depend on your circumstances. Find out more about short term, long term and permanent methods in this section.

Short term contraception

These methods of contraception last for 3 months or less. Some are only for use during or just after sex.

Short term contraception

Long term contraception

Long term methods of contraception: last for several years, with fertility returning soon after you stop using them.

Long term contraception

Permanent contraception

If you are sure you don't want any more children there are permanent methods of contraception.

Permanent contraception

Compare methods

A comparison of all of different methods, looking at how long the
contraceptive protection lasts and how well they work at preventing a pregnancy.

Compare methods