With so many forms of contraception available, it can be hard to know which one’s best for you. If you’re feeling confused, don’t be! The S Word has investigated, so you don’t have to…
The most common type of contraception. It works by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg and when taken correctly, is over 99% effective.
It also helps regulate your periods – you take the pill for three weeks then have a week off where you have a period type bleed (or you can skip the week off if necessary – although Drs don’t recommend doing this too often).
Things you need to remember: the pill has to be taken at the same time everyday otherwise it might not work, if you vomit within two hours of taking it then you need to have another one and it can cause some side effects – mood swings, tender boobs and headaches.
The other pill:
The progestogen-only pill is less common and usually only given to those with high blood pressure, a history of blood clots or who are overweight.
Taken every day with no breaks, it is likely your periods might stop or become lighter – although in some rare cases they become heavier.
It works by thickening the mucus in the cervix and stopping the sperm from reaching an egg.
Side effects include tender boobs and spotty skin, but these usually stop after a couple of months.
Not just down to the men. Femidoms are 95% effective and also protect you against STIs.
Inserted by the girl, hoiking your leg up mid foreplay may not seem the most attractive, but then again – neither is genital warts.
More expensive and less common than normal condoms, it’s well worth picking up femidoms for free at your local GUM clinic.
A little tube fitted under the skin on your bingo wings, this may seem like the weirdest type of female contraception but it’s over 99% effective and once it’s in it’s in – you don’t need to worry about it for another three years.
Similar to the pill, it stops the egg from being released. In the first year it can mess up your periods a bit, but this usually calms down after a year. You may even be one of the lucky ones for which your periods stop altogether!
Once removed (which can be done at any time), fertility returns quickly.
Once again, more than 99% effective and typically lasts for 12 weeks (there are other less common types of injection that last for 8 or 13 weeks).
Useful if you’re too forgetful for the pill, the injection also isn’t affected by other meds.
Like the implant, it can disrupt your period for the first year and it can have some side effects – like acne, headaches and loss of sex drive.
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