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Choosing contraception...a quick guide...

PCOS Vitality Gen Guide to Contraception
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You can download the leaflet above. We understand that choosing a method that works for you can be tricky and there are a few things you need to consider. For example, where can you get it? which method suits me? Our general guide gives you introductory information about each of the methods usually available on the NHS. You can find further information on each of the methods, how they work, how to use them and possible side effects from the NHS website on the link below.

These methods are:

  • caps or diaphragms

  • combined pill

  • condoms

  • contraceptive implant

  • contraceptive injection

  • contraceptive patch

  • female condoms

  • IUD (intrauterine device or coil)

  • IUS (intrauterine system or hormonal coil)

  • natural family planning (fertility awareness)

  • progestogen-only pill

  • vaginal ring

There are 2 permanent methods of contraception:

  • female sterilisation

  • male sterilisation (vasectomy)

Contraception is free on the NHS. Find out where to get contraception and search by postcode to find: GPs, sexual health clinics & pharmacies near you

You can also find out where to get emergency contraception – the "morning after pill" or the IUD (coil).

Remember during the pandemic services may be operating differently. If you need contraception, call your GP surgery or a sexual health clinic as soon as possible. Only go in person if you're told to.

(c) PCOS Vitality 2021

DISCLAIMER: not medical advice - for information purposes only. Always consult your GP. PCOS Vitality is not responsible for external links/websites.

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