Contraception - Know Your Options. Created and fully funded by MSD, working with the Family Planning Association.
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You had to prepare for university – choosing a subject, submitting an application, drafting a personal statement… even going to the supermarket and stocking up on baked beans. The last thing on your mind right now might be the wish to become pregnant. You also need to be prepared if you have decided to have sex by taking care of concerns about becoming pregnant and catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI). When you have found that special person, you can enjoy yourself more when you have already addressed concerns about becoming pregnant or contracting a STI. Contraception – Always be prepared Did you know around half of pregnancies in the UK are unplanned? If you don’t want to become a statistic, get acquainted with the 15 different methods of contraception available and find the one that suits your body, sex life, health and lifestyle.To get advice and more information on your contraceptive choices: • Speak with your doctor or nurse • Visit your local family planning or contraception clinic In addition you can visit www.talkchoice.co.uk or www.fpa.org.uk
- Combined Pill
- Condoms (Female)
- Condoms (Male)
- Contraceptive Implant
- Contraceptive Injection
- Contraceptive Patch
- Intrauterine Device (IUD)
- Intrauterine System (IUS)
- Natural Family Planning
- Progestogen-only Pill
- Vaginal Ring
- Female Sterilisation
- Male Sterilisation (Vasectomy)
- LARCs are administered less than once per cycle or month.
- Their contraceptive effect is reversible after stopping or removing the method.
- Once a LARC is fitted or administered the only thing you need to remember is when to have it replaced.
- LARCS protect against unwanted pregnancy from between 2 months to up to 10 years, depending on the type.
LARCs do not protect against STIs. Condoms when used correctly and consistently can help protect against many STIs. Your doctor or nurse can give you more information about this. Know your options
A recent survey of nearly 500 women in full time education showed that many had not had much information on LARCs:
- 22% had not had a contraceptive conversation with their healthcare professional in the past year.
- More than two-thirds (68%) felt they had not received enough information on LARCs.
- Of those using contraception, 43% are worried about taking or using it correctly and/or forgetting to use or take it.
- More than one in five (22%) used emergency contraception in the past five years.
Dr Radha’s Top Tips
1. Don't feel embarrassed to talk to your healthcare professional about contraception and safe sex. They are used to chatting about your options and want to help you make the best decision for you.
2. Have a think about your lifestyle and write down things you would like or dislike about a contraceptive. Being honest about what would suit you is important and will help you get the right contraception for you.
3. Try and do some research before you see your healthcare professional so you have some questions at your fingertips and can get the information you need.
4. Be prepared for sex in terms of protecting yourself from STIs and unplanned pregnancy - don't be caught out.
5. It's a good idea to discuss contraception with your partner so you feel they are involved and understand its importance.
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