Sex, the safe way.
Many people in the UK are engaging in unsafe and casual sex which is leading to a rise in pregnancy mostly in teenagers and also STI’s (sexually transmitted infections).
There are many contraceptive services in the UK allowing 16-24 year olds free contraception.
What is contraception?
Contraception is an artificial way that protects you from unwanted pregnancy and infections. They allow you to choose when and if you want to have a pregnancy.
Forms of Contraception
There are different methods of contraception for both men and women these are:
- Condoms ( male and female)
- Combined pill
- Vaginal ring
- Progestogen only pill
These methods are not permanent but there are permanent methods such as:
- Female sterilization
- Male sterilization (vasectomy)
Where to get contraception?
Condoms can be bought from pharmacies and chemists for a small price, or can be given for free if a C card is presented. There are many sexual health clinics in the UK with free contraceptive services helping you decide what contraception method is best suited to you, they are free and confidential.
Many GP surgeries will have contraceptive services too.
Many of these services also offer information, testing and treatment for STIs. If you think there’s a chance you might get pregnant, you’re also at risk of catching an STI. Before you make an appointment, make sure you know as much as possible about the contraceptive options available. Your choice of contraception may vary over time, depending on your lifestyle and circumstances.
Who is responsible for contraception?
There is not a certain person that is responsible, don’t be caught out thinking the other person will provide the contraception as this may lead to future problems (unwanted pregnancy or infection). Always carry a condom and take the pill regularly according to the instructions in the packet. DO NOT rely on the other person.