Contraception

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Contraception
There are so many different types of contraception available that you should be able to find the right method for you easily enough.

You may have to try several different things before you hit on the one you like most.
Unplanned pregnancies should be rare nowadays, because there are so many good methods of birth control available.

The Pill is without doubt the most popular method in the UK, narrowly beating the male condom into second place. 24% of women between 16 and 49 use The Pill or Mini Pill and 21% of couples use the male condom for contraception. The condom protects against sexually transmitted diseases as well as pregnancy.

Where do I get advice about choosing a contraceptive?

We are very fortunate in The UK as we have good, free contraceptive services.

Traditionally, advice has been provided by the specially-trained experts at Britain's large chain of family planning clinics, which were originally set up by The FPA or the family planning association.

Your local family planning clinic can be found in the phone book.

Almost all GPs nowadays also offer advice on contraception. If you don't want to talk to your own doctor about family planning, you can always ask to see another.

It's fair to say that many GPs aren't experts in all methods of family planning. But usually there is one partner in the practice who does have good qualifications in contraception.

If you're under 25, you could go to a Brook advisory clinic or a local youth advice clinic.

The best place online to get information about contraception is the FPA website.

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