What is Contraception?

A women can get pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of her eggs (ovum). Contraception tries to stop this from happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production.

Contraception is a method or medication that can be used to allow you to choose when and whether you want to have a baby.

Which method of contraception suits me?

There are several issues when deciding on which method is appropriate.

There are lots of things to consider when deciding which form of contraception is best for you. The following questions can help you decide which method is most suitable:

  • How effective are the different methods?
  • Can you make contraception part of your daily routine?
  • Would you prefer contraception that you don’t have to remember every day?
  • Are you comfortable with inserting contraceptives into your vagina?
  • Do you mind if you period changes?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you overweight?
  • What if you can’t use hormonal contraceptives?
  • What if you can’t use contraceptives that contain oestrogen?
  • Are you taking medicines for other conditions?
  • Do you want to get pregnant in the near future?

Below is a comprehensive guide to the contraception methods available and the main differences between them.

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