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Contraception

Contraception is used to prevent pregnancy and to manage periods. Learn more about your contraception options.

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Contraception is used to prevent pregnancy and to manage periods.

The most common form of contraception prescribed for women in the UK is the ‘pill’, but many other options are available. It’s important you understand the different types of contraception and consider how these align with your goals, lifestyle, and medical needs.

It can be helpful to do a bit of research before going to speak to a healthcare professional about your options. Questions you can consider include:

  • Am I trying to prevent pregnancy, manage my period, or both?
  • How likely is it that I’ll remember to take a daily pill and pick up a prescription?
  • Do I want to continue to have a period?
  • Am I comfortable with contraceptives containing hormones?
  • How immediate is my need?

There are also medical conditions, medications, or life-stage factors that may mean certain options aren’t recommended. It’s important to discuss this with your doctor or nurse.



Where can I get contraception and emergency contraception?

Contraception is free on the NHS.

Find out where to get contraception and search by postcode to find:


Professor Dame Lesley Regan chats with Alice Pelton, Founder and CEO of contraceptives comparison website The Lowdon, and Dr Asha Kasliwal, former President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. Watch to learn about the different contraceptive options, what you need consider when choosing your contraception, common side effects of each one and whether you should avoid certain types of contraception based on your health history.