Contraception allows you to control if and when you would like to have a baby.
Some ‘barrier’ forms also provide protection against sexually transmitted infections.
There are several types of contraception which work in different ways. Barrier methods such as condoms create a physical barrier against sperm and would also provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Women can also use hormonal methods of contraception such as the pill or contraceptive devices such the coil that is placed inside the womb.
No contraceptive device is 100% reliable and some have possible side effects. It is therefore important that before commencing the contraceptive you are assessed by your doctor who will advise on which contraceptive would be the right choice for you based on your age, medical history and sexual lifestyle.
It is worth remembering that your contraceptive needs will change as you get older, after having children or if your sexual lifestyle changes. This can be discussed with your Doctor.
The anxieties we had with our IVF pregnancy were allayed with the extra scans at Thornbury hospital with Tom Farrell.Helen (Sheffield)