The Sexual Health Network, Greater Manchester. NHS

Contraception

Currently there are 15 methods of contraception that are available on the NHS, the table below explains a little about each to help you decide which method might work best for you.

For more in-depth information visit the NHS Contraception guide

 

Contraception Method Effectiveness if used Correctly When and how often to use

Male Condoms

Condoms

98%

Every time you have sex

Visit our Condoms information or instruction page for more information.

 

Female Condoms

Female Condoms

95%

Every time you have sex

Visit our Condoms information page for more information.

Contraceptive Injection

Injection

99% Renewed every 8 or 12 weeks depending on the type

Contraceptive Implant

Implant

99% Lasts upto three years

Intrauterine Device or IUD

IUD

99% Upto five years

Intrauterine System or IUS

IUS

99% Upto five years

Male Sterilisation (Vasectomy)

Vasectomy

99% Permanent

Female Sterilisation

Sterilisation

99% Permanent

Contraceptive Patch

Patch

99% Renewed each week for three weeks in every month

Vaginal Ring

Ring

99% Renewed once a month

Combined Pill

Combined Pill

99% Taken every day for three weeks out of every month

Progestogen-only Pill

Progestogen

99% Taken every day

Diaphragm with spermicide

Diaphragm

92-96% Used with spermicide every time you have sex

Cap with spermicide

Cap

92-96% Used with spermicide every time you have sex

Natural Family Planning

Natural Planning

99% if used according to teaching methods Operates on a monthly basis

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