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 the Family Planning Association for information, advice and guidance.