Advice: Safe Sex

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27 January 2015

By Lauren H

If you’re comfortable having sex then you must be aware of the contraceptives available to both prevent unwanted pregnancy and stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. There’s a lot out there, so have a look around and decide what is best for you.

These are the most popular forms of contraception:

1. Condoms – The most common type is the male condom, which is 98% effective when used correctly during sex at preventing pregnancy. They are also used to prevent STDs.They are available to buy from pharmacies and supermarkets, or free from a GP or sexual health clinic. Female condoms are available too, depending on which you would prefer.

2. Contraceptiive Pill – Women are able to take either the combined pill (containing oestrogen and progesterone) or the POP (progesterone only pill) to help to prevent pregnancy. You should be able to get a prescription to this form of contraception by visiting your doctor. If you do forget to take it, you should strongly consider taking another form of contraception.

3. Contraceptive Implant – A rod is inserted under the skin of the arm, which releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Again, it is only available to women and you should visit your doctor if you are considering it.

There are other types of contraception available, but if you are confused about what would be best for you or what else is out there then it would be best to visit your doctor or seek advice at a sexual health clinic.

If you do have unprotected sex and you are worried about pregnancy then emergency contraceptive is available. You can take this up to 3 days after you have had sex, and can get it from a doctor or pharmacy for approximately £25-30.

If you have a specific question you want answering, or a topic that you would like advice on, then don’t hesitate to contact B**P at lauren.h@nebeep.com– you can remain anonymous or we can publish your name, just let us know what you would prefer.

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