Your body, your lifestyle, your contraception
In the UK we’re lucky enough to have around 15 different methods of contraception which means you can choose one that suits your body and your lifestyle.
Talk choice will give you information to help you talk to your doctor or nurse and choose the best contraception for you. If you have any concerns or worries about anything to do with your contraceptive, speak to your GP, practice nurse or family planning clinic. You can also visit the Family Planning Association (FPA) website for information and advice: www.fpa.org.uk
Getting the method right is important and there are many more contraceptive options other than condoms and 'the pill'. If contraception doesn't fit with a woman's lifestyle it might not be used properly, increasing the risk of unplanned pregnancy. Around half of pregnancies in the UK are still unplanned despite over three quarters of women under 50 using some form of contraception.
The talk choice website supports national guidelines that recommend women requiring contraception should be given information about and given a choice of all contraceptive methods, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods (such as the intrauterine device [IUD], contraceptive injection, intrauterine system [IUS] and contraceptive implant).
“Contraception is a normal part of modern life but it isn't being given the time and attention it deserves. We need to start talking about and offering choice so that women have a method that suits their lifestyle and are effectively protected against unplanned pregnancy.”
Dr Anne Szarewski, Associate Specialist in Family Planning at The Margaret Pyke Centre