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Contraception is vital when practicing safe sex, and is also used for family planning purposes. There are dozens of types of contraception available to both women and men, with each offering a slightly different form of protection against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs) and pregnancy.

To speak with a doctor about the most suitable contraceptive option for you, get in touch with our team here at babylon. We can arrange a confidential consultation to discuss your options and provide any prescriptions you may need.

The most common types of contraception

Condoms are one of the most common and widely available types of contraception. They offer protection between 95% (female condoms) to 98% (male condoms) from pregnancy and from a number of the most common STIs. Both male and female varieties are available, and they can be purchased over-the-counter or obtained free from many sexual health clinics.

The contraceptive pill is a popular option for women. Not only is it 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, it can also help to regulate hormones and periods. There are dozens of options available with different hormone configurations (including combined oestrogen and progesterone pills and progesterone-only pills) – speak to a GP today to find out which is most suitable for you.

Other hormonal types of contraception include the contraceptive implant, the injection and the patch. Each of these types offer protection for different timeframes. The implant can last for up to three years, the injection can provide protection for up to three months, and the patch can last for a week. It’s important to remember that hormonal contraceptives like the pill, the patch, the injection and the implant don’t provide protection against STIs, therefore it is advisable to use condoms in addition to these to protect against STIs.

Emergency contraception

If you forgot to use contraception when you last had sex (forgetting to take a pill, for example), or if your usual method of contraception failed (for example if the condom split), you can obtain emergency contraception. This can be effective for up to five days after unprotected sex, but is more effective the sooner it is taken. There are other options to also be aware of, so please do speak to your GP.

If you need emergency contraception for any reason, speak to one of our experienced GPs today for a rapid response.

Permanent contraception

Male sterilisation (a vasectomy) or female sterilisation are the two forms of permanent contraception currently available and they are both surgical procedures. If you’re sure that you don’t want to have any children in the future, you can discuss the options with your doctor today. This is a life-changing decision, and our doctors are on hand to provide support and practical advice to ensure you get the treatment that is right for you.