Birth Control

If you don't want to get pregnant – or want your partner to get pregnant – you need to use birth control, also called contraception or family planning. There are lots different types of birth control methods. Another way to avoid getting pregnancy is abstinence.

Facts

How to choose

If you don't want to get pregnant – or get your partner pregnant – you need to use birth control, also called contraception or family planning.

Condom

A rubber sheath that fits over the penis and stops sperm from getting into the vagina. It's like a very thin and stretchy tube-shaped bag, with a teat at the closed end to collect the sperm.

The pill

It’s a pill that women swallow every day. Combined birth control pills contain two hormones, estrogen and progestin. 'Mini-pills', or progestin-only pills, only contain progestin.

Emergency contraception

E-pills, morning-after pills or emergency contraception pills, are drugs you can take when you have had unprotected sex and think that you could be pregnant.

IUD

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small contraceptive device which is inserted into the uterus.