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Contraception

Currently there are 15 methods of contraception that are available on the NHS, the table below explains a little about each to help you decide which method might work best for you.

For more in-depth information visit the NHS Contraception guide

Contraception Method Effectiveness if used Correctly When and how often to use
Male Condoms

98% Every time you have sex
Visit our Condoms information or instruction page for more information.
Female Condoms
95% Every time you have sex
Visit our  Condoms information page for more information.
Contraceptive Injection
99% Renewed every 8 or 12 weeks depending on the type
Contraceptive Implant 99% Lasts up to three years
Intrauterine Device or IUD

    
99% Up to five years
Intrauterine System or IUS

    
99% Up to five years
Male Sterilisation (Vasectomy)
99% Permanent
Female Sterilisation
99% Permanent
Contraceptive Patch
99% Renewed each week for three weeks in every month
Vaginal Ring
99% Renewed once a month
Combined Pill
99% Taken every day for three weeks out of every month
Progestogen-only Pill 99% Taken every day
Diaphragm with spermicide

92-96% Used with spermicide every time you have sex
Cap with spermicide
92-96% Used with spermicide every time you have sex
Natural Family Planning
99% if used according to teaching methods Operates on a monthly basis


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