What is contraception?

    • Brief

    • Contraception prevents women from getting pregnant. You and your partner can decide whether, when and how many children you want to have. This is called family planning. You can avoid pregnancy with contraception when you want to have sexual intercourse but do not plan to have a child (yet).

      Contraception does not make a woman less fertile. When she stops using contraception, she can have children. A condom is a means of contraception that protects you against HIV and reduces the risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

    • Different methods of contraception

    • There are different methods of contraception. You can choose which method is best for you and your partner. Methods vary a lot, for example in:

      • Price.
      • Availability.
      • The way they are used.

      Contraception is not bad for your health. Some methods of contraception suit a particular person’s lifestyle, age, and physical condition better than others.

      Contraception works well if you use it correctly. For this reason, it is important to choose a method that suits you. If one form of contraception does not work for you, you can try another one.

      Ask your healthcare provider for advice. They cannot give any information about you to anybody else. They are obliged by law to respect your privacy. You can also discuss contraception with your partner.

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    • Buying contraception

    • You can buy male condoms and female condoms without a prescription at a pharmacy or supermarket. You can also buy emergency contraception without a prescription at a pharmacy. You can buy most other contraception at a pharmacy, but you should visit a family planning centre first so you can choose the right one for you.