Protecting You and Your Partner

Male & female condoms

Apart from a minority of people who are sensitive to chemicals in latex condoms, the use of condoms is one of the best contraceptive methods of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
 
Male Condoms
Male condoms are 98% effective if used according to instructions. They should be used before any close genital contact. Once the man has ejaculated and before the penis goes soft, he should withdraw holding the condom firmly in place to avoid spilling any sperm. The condom is then removed and should be disposed of carefully.
 
Female Condoms
Female condoms are 95% effective if used according to instructions. The closed end of the condom should be inserted high into the vagina. To remove the condom after sex, the outer ring is twisted to keep the sperm inside and the condom is pulled out. It should be disposed of carefully.
 
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The Pill

The combined pill, simply known as ‘the Pill', has many different types, but all contain medication that resembles the two naturally occurring hormones: oestrogen and progestogen. The main way the Pill works is by stopping the ovaries releasing an egg each month (ovulation) and is over 99% effective if taken according to instructions.
 
Advantages of the Pill:
  • Makes periods shorter, lighter and less painful
  • Can help protect against cancer of the ovary and womb
  • May protect against some pelvic infections
  • Can help with premenstrual tension
  • Reduces the risk of fibroids (non-cancerous tumours in the womb) and ovarian cysts
Disadvantages of the Pill:
  • Temporary side effects include headaches, weight gain, breast tenderness, mood changes, nausea and bleeding between periods
  • May increase blood pressure
  • Rare serious side effects can include blood clots
  • Small increased risk of breast cancer and cervical cancer
  • Some other medicines may affect how it works
GPs and community contraceptive clinics can prescribe the Pill, which is free of charge.
 

there are two methods of emergency contraception available: emergency hormonal contraception (EHC; also known as the morning after pill) and a copper IUD (intrauterine device) - Alphega Pharmacy

Emergency Contraception

If you have not taken proper precautions during sex and want to prevent an unintended pregnancy, there are two methods of emergency contraception available: emergency hormonal contraception (EHC; also known as the morning after pill) and a copper IUD (intrauterine device). EHC can be taken up to 72 hours after s
 
ex. However, the sooner it is taken the more effective it is. If taken within 24 hours, it prevents more than 90% of pregnancies. Although EHC can be taken more than once, it is not recommended as a regular method of contraception.
 
The copper IUD can be fitted into the womb by a doctor or nurse within 5 days of having unprotected sex, or at the earliest time you could have released an egg. The IUD has almost a 100% success rate. Some prescribed and over-the-counter medicines can affect the way the EHC works – so please ask your Pharmacist for advice.

How we can help

Hopefully, you understand the importance of practising safer sex and what to look out for if things do go wrong.

However, if you still have any questions or are worried about your sexual health, find your local Alphega Pharmacy on our 'Pharmacy Locator' and speak with your Pharmacist, who will be happy to offer you friendly, confidential, expert advice.

 

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