There are so many different ways of preventing pregnancy to suit different people. This is so you can work out the best contraception for you (if you need it).
Here’s a really quick guide to all the different kinds of contraception. There are more links below to more detailed posts I’ve written. There is no best contraception, just one that is best for you. It can take a bit of trial and error to get one that works for you and your partner.
These methods all work by introducing a small amount of extra hormone inside the body. As you can see there are lots of ways to do this. Hormonal methods are also used to treat other health issues, such as severe acne or really heavy random periods. So, for example, some girls or women* might these methods even if they are not having sex or even thinking about having sex.
*or anyone else with a uterus
Read more about hormonal methods of contraception.
These all work by preventing sperm and eggs from meeting, which is known as barrier contraception. The IUD works by doing this but also prevents fertilization too.
Read more about non hormonal methods of contraception
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Some of these methods aren’t recommended for teens but if you think they’re right for you, you can ask for it.
Another great method of contraception (which people don’t really talk about enough) is having sex without penis in vagina sex. Things like mutual masturbation, dry humping (sex with some clothes on = jeans emoji), or oral sex. More about those at my What Is Sex article.
If you are really really worried about pregnancy but want to have penis in vagina sex sex then you could
- use a hormonal method as well as condoms
- you could use condoms and not come inside your partner.
- Or you could do all three, which my friend tells me is called ‘triple bagging’; but she may have made that up.
Find your local sexual health service, where you can get free and confidential contraception and other services.
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