You can get free information and help about contraception form a doctor, nurse, sexual health clinic, young people's service or contraception clinic. You can be any age to get advice but remember it is against the law for anyone to have sex with a young person under the age of 16.
All contraception services are confidential, and the doctor or nurse you see will not tell anyone you are using the service. However, if they believe you or someone else may be at risk (for example of sexual abuse) they may need to involve other services. They will discuss this with you.
- Male and female condoms
- Various forms of contraceptive pill
- A diaphragm or cap
- Contraceptive implants, injections, patches or internal devices.
The health professional you see will talk you through the options and help you to chose the best one for you and your partner. Contraception is free, even if the service you use gives you a prescription to take to the pharmacy.
Emergency contraception is also available from your doctor, a contraception or sexual health clinic or pharmacies. The emergency pill must be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex or it will not work. It is more effective the earlier it is taken after sex.