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Types of Contraception

Types of Contraception

There are 15 types of contraception available in the UK.

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.

All contraception is free of charge from NHS services.

Find out what they are, how to use them, where to get them and the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Which type of contraception method is best for me?
To help you decide which method of contraception may be best for you then why not try the Family Planning Association's Quick Contraception Tool.



Methods that last months or years

LARCs,  or Long Acting Reversible Contraception, are forms of contraception that last for a long period of time before you have to consider changing them. They are also reversible, which means that they can be removed at any time. This includes:

Methods you need to think about every day
Methods that protect against STIs
Methods you need to think about every time you have sex
Permanent methods
Methods that may help heavy or painful periods