Which Form of Contraception Is Best For You?

There are so many contraceptive options for women that it can be tricky figuring out which one to go for. So, we’ve put together a quickfire guide to the main types to get you thinking about switching up your contraception routine.

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The IUD (AKA ‘The Coil’)

This T-shaped device is inserted into your uterus by your doctor or nurse, taking effect immediately. The Coil is more than 99% effective, lasts for 5 to 10 years, and is a hormone-free form of contraception, meaning there are none of the common hormonal side effects associated with other contraceptives such as the pill

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The Implant

This small, flexible rod gets inserted under the skin in your upper arm. Insertion can be uncomfortable and may be tender and bruised for the following week, but, once in place, the implant is more than 99% effective. It lasts for 3 years and is a great option for those who are a little more forgetful. As with any hormonal contraceptive, it comes with its fair share of side effects, but these differ from woman to woman.

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The Pill

There are two types of pill: the combined pill and the progestogen-only pill. Both pills need to be taken at the same time every day, and neither are effective if you are sick. Both also come with hormonal side effects such as breast tenderness and mood swings. The pill is, however, the least invasive form of contraception, and the combined pill can be helpful for women who suffer with heavy, irregular periods and acne.

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The Injection

The contraceptive injection is an injection of progestogen administered every 8-13 weeks by your nurse or doctor. It is more than 99% effective and is a good choice for women who forget to take a pill every day. There are hormonal side effects, though, such as weight gain, headaches, mood swings, and irregular bleeding.

 

Whichever form of contraception you feel might be best for you, make sure to do your own research and speak to your doctor or local sexual health clinic. And remember: only condoms can protect you against STI/STDs, so stay safe!

Here are some links to get you started:

https://www.contraceptionchoices.org/infographic

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/which-method-suits-me/