Understanding Contraception

Whatever questions you have about getting and using contraception, this guide can help. It aims to give practical information to everyone who wants to know more about contraception, or who may have a question about the method they use or are thinking about using.

Your local pharmacist can be a great source of practical information to anyone wanting to know more about contraception. Whatever questions you have about contraception, we can help.

Common questions

  • "Where can I get contraception?"

  • "Which method of contraception suits me?"

  • "I'm under 16 – can I get contraception?"

  • "Which method is the safest?"

Which method of contraception suits me?

There are several issues to consider when deciding which method of contraception is right for you. Visit your GP or local contraceptive (or family planning) clinic to discuss your choices. Remember, the only way to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is to use a condom every time you have sex. Other methods of contraception prevent pregnancy, but they do not protect against STIs.

Where you can get contraception and emergency contraception

Contraception is a free service. Visit out pharmacy search page and find out where to get contraception. You can also find out where to get emergency contraception – the "morning after pill" or the IUD (coil).