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Your Guide to Contraception

Choosing the right method of contraception that works best for you can be difficult, but there are many effective methods to choose from. 

Contraception aims to prevent unwanted pregnancy.  There are hormonal and non-hormonal methods available, and all methods of contraception listed below are very effective if used carefully.

If you would like to find out more about contraception, discuss what would be best for you or to change your current method of contraception, make an appointment in our Nurse B Clinic (Sexual Health) or with any doctor.

All methods of contraception are available at the UEA Medical Centre and are FREE.

You can also find information on the Family Planning Association website

Helping you choose the method of contraception that's best for you.  This leaflet shows the available contraceptive methods, explains how they work, how effective they are and the main advantages and disadvantages.

FPA your guide to contraception

Contraceptive injections

More than 99% effective.  Contains a progesterone hormone that slowly releases into the body.  Useful if you forget to take pills!  There are 3 types of contraceptive injections; DepoProvera, *Sayana Press and Noristerat.  

FPA contraceptive injection information

*Sayana Press: Self-Administering Contraceptive Injection

Sayana Press is an easy-to-use hormonal birth control option for women. It is an injection, with a very small needle, that women can give to themselves to prevent pregnancies for 3 months. A woman using Sayana Press will need a new injection every 3 months, for a total of 4 shots every year. A woman can inject herself with this product at home or with the help of a friend or family member.

If you have been issued with Sayana Press, visit their website which is full of useful information plus instructions (including a video) on how to use it

Combined pills

More than 99% effective if used properly.  Useful for young healthy women, but unsuitable for those with high blood pressure and women over 35 who smoke.

FPA combined pill information

Progesterone only pills

Over 99% effective when used correctly.  Suitable for women who do not want, or cannot take oestrogen.

FPA progesterone only pill information


92-96% effective.  A device made of thin, soft rubber which is inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix.  They act as a barrier to sperm. 

FPA diaphragms and caps information


Over 99% effective.  An implant is a small, flexible rod placed under the skin.  Contains a progesterone only hormone which is slowly released into the body.  Each one lasts 3 years and is easily reversible.  Useful if you forget to take pills! 

FPA implants information


When used very carefully, they can be 95% effective, but accidents and careless use can result in pregnancy.  Also offers protection against some sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

FPA condom information

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