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Regular contraception

The emergency contraception pill is not a regular method of contraception.

After using the emergency contraception pill it makes good sense to think about what regular contraceptive you are going to use.

If you have had a problem with your usual contraceptive methods, this might be a good time to consider to change of contraception, so you get a method that suits you better.

You have lots of contraceptive choices : barrier methods, hormonal contraceptive methods, IUD and sterilisation. Some methods are shown below.

Some of these methods may have medical contraindications. For comprehensive information on contraceptive methods, talk to a healthcare professional.

Remember that only condoms protect you from sexually transmitted infections , including HIV.1 Other methods of contraception do not offer any protection. If you are worried about sexually transmitted infections, talk to a healthcare professional.

There are also several other “natural methods” such as withdrawal and fertility awareness methods (Ogino method, Billings and temperature method). These methods have been shown to be unreliable.2

 


Reference

1.Bedsider website. Available at www.bedsider.org. Last accessed October 2013.

2.Trussell J. Contraception 2011; 83: 397-404.


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