Short term contraception

Male condom

The male condom is a thin rubber or plastic sheath that covers the penis. It only needs to be used during sex.

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Female condom

A thin plastic sheath that the woman places into and around the entrance of her vagina. It only needs to be used during sex.

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The pill

Oral pill that provides on-going protection when taken daily. Comes in a pack that lasts for a month.

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The mini pill

The oral mini pill provides on-going protection when taken at the same time, every day. Comes in a pack that lasts for a month.

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Injectable

A contraceptive injection that provides protection for two to three months.

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Diaphragm

The diaphragm or 'cap' is a soft thin small rubber cap that fits inside your vagina and covers the cervix. It only needs to be used when you have sex.

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Emergency contraception

Pill or IUD which prevents a pregnancy when taken up to five days after unprotected sex.

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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.

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