There are several types of contraception available, but none is 100% effective (apart from abstinence) and some have possible side effects. Not all methods suit everyone due to different personal preferences and an individual’s medical history, so it is advisable to discuss the issues with a nurse or doctor before making a decision. All methods of contraception are available free on the NHS from reproductive and sexual health clinics and some GPs.

We recommend Your Guide to Contraception from the FPA, a sexual health charity giving straightforward information and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.