The use of contraception or ‘birth control’ is to allow you to plan a pregnancy at an appropriate time for you and your partner. It is one of the important factors of sexual health and ideally should be one of the main considerations when you become sexually active.
When deciding on what method of contraception to use there are many factors such as lifestyle, culture and age that have to be taken into account. Our contraception needs are as individual as ourselves and remember, your needs can change over time. These issues have to be discussed and thought through before deciding what method and option will be best for you and your circumstances. Free contraception can be obtained from your GP, family planning/sexual health clinic or young persons’ clinic.
Long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) are methods of contraception that work for an extended period of time, you don’t have to remember to take it every day or think about it every time you have sex. They include injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants.