Your contraception choices explained

June 1, 2020 4:25 pm

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Contraception performs two main functions – to prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect us from sexually transmitted infections. There are a number of different contraception methods available and all of them work in different ways with different advantages.

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Condoms – these can be found in the male form and for females. The male condom is placed over the penis sperm from entering the female. When they are used correctly they can be up to 98% effective at preventing pregnancies and protecting both individuals from STIs. The female condom is placed inside the vagina and works in the same way as the male condom.

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Contraceptive pill – designed to regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle the pill is used to prevent pregnancy but it provides no protection against STIs. If you think you may have been exposed to an infection you can use a Home StI Kits London company such as https://www.checkurself.org.uk/order-a-test-kit/ to have a testing kit sent to your home.

Contraceptive Implant – again this is designed to regulate menstrual cycles. It is an implant that is placed beneath the skin of the upper arm and releases hormones. It is perfect for those who often forget to take their contraceptive pill and can prevent pregnancy. However, it does not protect against STIs.