There are 15 methods of contraception available.
The male condom is currently the only method that a man can take complete responsibility for.
Condoms (male and female) are also the only method of contraception that can help protect against infection as well as pregnancy. When used carefully and consistently, condoms are 98% effective.
If you are thinking of becoming or are sexually active, discussing contraception with your partner is essential.
You have the right to confidential contraceptive advice and treatment from your GP, family planning, young persons, or sexual health clinic. A doctor or nurse there will help you to decide which method of contraception will suit you best, but remember, using condoms in addition to any other method will help protect against infection, and give you extra back up in case of an accident. Contraception, including condoms are available free in GP and young people's clinics, and some youth centres.
Condoms can be purchased by anyone of any age and are available to buy from shops including chemists, garages and supermarkets, as well as from vending machines in toilets.
The only way to guarantee that you or your partner don't get pregnant is to not have sex. Delaying sex until you are both completely ready is the best way to make sure you both enjoy it when you do. For ideas about how to be intimate without having sex and to have your questions answered online visit BISH.
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