If you are sexually active, but do not want to have a baby, you may need advice about contraception. There are many, very reliable ways to prevent getting pregnant, that are easily stopped when the time is right to start a family. This section answers many questions like "What are my choices?", "What is the mini pill? and "Should I use a condom?" as well as offering specific advice in ceratin situations, such as just after having a baby or around the menopause. If you are sure your family is complete, you may be considering sterilisation as a permanent answer. You will find plenty of information on all these in our doctor-authored leaflets in this section.

Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC) PillCondom (Sheath)
Condoms for WomenContraception After Having a Baby
Contraception from 40 to the MenopauseContraception Guide
Contraceptive ImplantContraceptive Implant - Changing from other methods
Contraceptive Implant - How it works and who can have itContraceptive Implant - Insertion, monitoring and removal
Contraceptive Implant - Pros and cons and side-effectsContraceptive Injection
Contraceptive PatchContraceptive Vaginal Ring
Diaphragms and CapsEmergency Contraception
Epilepsy and PregnancyFemale Sterilisation
Intrauterine Contraceptive DeviceIntrauterine Contraceptive Device - Fitting, monitoring and changing
Intrauterine Contraceptive Device - How it works and who can have itIntrauterine Contraceptive Device - Pros and cons and side effects
Intrauterine SystemNatural Family Planning
Progestogen-only Contraceptive Pill (POP)Safer Sex
Vasectomy - Picture SummaryVasectomy (Male Sterilisation)