Updated 14 February 2013

About contraception

Learn more about the different contraceptive options available to you.


"A world where every pregnancy is wanted" is the theme of a worldwide contraception campaign which aims to prevent unwanted pregnancy and promote freedom of choice.

If you are sexually active and not planning to start a family, visit this section to learn more about the contraceptive options which include:

Natural methods (rhythm method), coitus interruptus and breastfeeding

Barrier methods (male and female condoms), diaphragms and cervical caps, spermicides

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) such as the Mirena

Oral contraceptives (the pill and mini-pill)

Injectable contraception

Male vasectomy and female sterilisation

If you have had unprotected sex but do not wish to fall pregnant, find out more about emergency contraception (the so-called "morning-after pill"). Also learn how to discuss sex and contraception with your teenager.




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