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How do I find my contraceptive match?

Many different types of single use, daily, long-term reversible, hormone and non-hormone based contraceptive options are available. How well these methods work can vary and you may find some methods easier to use than others. Choosing which birth control method is best for you can be difficult. There are many things to consider including any underlying medical conditions as well as lifestyle factors. An appointment with your doctor to specifically discuss options is a very good idea.

Remember, not having sex is the only way to guarantee you won’t get pregnant. But, if you are sexually active, using a reliable method of contraception correctly is the best way to reduce your risk of unplanned pregnancy.

This information is not intended to replace the advice given by your doctor.

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

THE ROD

Contraceptive implant

A small, flexible plastic rod (about the size of a matchstick) containing the hormone progestogen that’s implanted under the skin.

THE ROD

3 YEAR OPTION
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

THE IUS

Intrauterine system

A small, plastic T-shaped device containing the hormone progestogen that’s placed inside the uterus (womb) by a doctor or nurse.

THE IUS

5 YEAR OPTION
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

THE IUD

Intrauterine device

A small, plastic and copper device that’s placed inside the uterus (womb) by a doctor or nurse.

THE IUD

5-10 YEAR OPTION
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

THE NEEDLE

Contraceptive injection

An injection of the hormone progestogen given by a doctor or nurse.

THE NEEDLE

3 MONTH OPTION
Pills and Rings

THE PILL

Contraceptive pill

A hormone-containing pill that’s taken every day.

THE PILL

EVERY DAY OPTION
Pills and Rings

THE RING

Contraceptive ring

A small hormone-containing flexible plastic ring that’s inserted into the vagina.

THE RING

4 WEEK OPTION
Barrier methods

THE RUBBER

Condom

The male condom covers the penis, the female condom is a vaginal liner.

THE RUBBER

EVERY TIME OPTION
Barrier methods

THE CAP

Diaphragm

A cup-shaped, silicone cap with a soft edge that fits inside the vagina.

THE CAP

EVERY TIME OPTION
Other methods

THE SNIP

Sterilisation

Surgery to permanently prevent pregnancy.

THE SNIP

PERMANENT OPTION
Other methods

THE SAFE TIME

Natural family planning

Synching sex to the menstrual cycle.

THE SAFE TIME

EVERY TIME OPTION
Other methods

THE MORNING AFTER PILL

Emergency contraception

A hormone-altering pill taken after unprotected sex.

THE MORNING AFTER PILL

EMERGENCY ONLY OPTION

STILL UNSURE.
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If you have any questions about sexual health or your contraceptive options you should speak to your healthcare professional.

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A note on safe sex

In addition to avoiding unintended pregnancy it is important to practise safe sex. Not all methods of contraception offer protection for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). The best way to reduce the risk of STIs is to use barriers such as male and female condoms or dams for any sexual activity involving vaginal, anal or oral sex.