There are many different types of contraception, and some work better than others for different people. Some types (condoms) can help to stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections, but most just prevent pregnancy.

  • Emergency contraception

    Emergency contraception can stop you becoming pregnant if you've had sex without using contraception, or if you think your contraception might have failed.

    Emergency contraception

  • Barrier methods

    Barrier methods of contraception work by physically stopping the sperm from fertilising the egg.

    Barrier methods

  • Short-acting methods

    Short-acting methods of contraception work by releasing hormones.

    Short-acting methods

  • Long-acting methods

    Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods don’t rely on you remembering to take them, but they do need a trained doctor or nurse to administer or fit them for you.

    Long-acting methods

  • Permanent methods

    Permanent methods of contraception involve male or female sterilisation.

    Permanent methods

  • Natural family planning

    Natural family planning is when a woman works out when she’s in the most fertile phase of her monthly cycle, and avoids sex without contraception during this time.

    Natural family planning

  • Contraception FAQs

    Got a question on contraception? Get the answers here.

    Contraception FAQs

  • Contraception mythbusters

    Get the facts on contraception.

    Contraception mythbusters

Still not sure which type of contraception is right for you? Let us help.

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See the FPA website for a range of downloadable leaflets on contraception and sexually transmitted infections.

View FPA leaflets