Using a reliable method of contraception.

posted by: Jane Bush

5 reasons you should be using a reliable method of contraception:

1. To prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

84 out of 100 couples having sex 2 to 3 times a week will become pregnant within one year if they do not use a method of contraception.

It can take time, many women will take several months to conceive.

However, you are much more likely to eventually become pregnant than not if you continue to have sex with out using any contraception.

And remember, most women of any age can become pregnant unless they have actually gone through the menopause.

The majority of women in the UK are potentially fertile until age 51-52, sometimes older.

2. To avoid the need for termination of pregnancy.

It is true that termination of pregnancy is free, easily available and safe on the NHS.

However, termination of pregnancy can be a physically and emotionally traumatic experience for some women.

It is not completely risk free.

Why become a termination of pregnancy statistic?

Surely prevention of an unwanted pregnancy is better than “cure”?

3. Emergency contraception does not always work.

Emergency contraception or the “morning after pill” is a useful way of preventing pregnancy after having had unprotected sex.

But emergency contraception only works at certain times of the menstrual cycle.

It is not as reliable as a proper preventative method of contraception.

So, although useful in an emergency, why take the risk?

4. The withdrawal method is not reliable.

It is said that the the withdrawal method or “pulling out” is probably better than doing nothing, and this is probably true.

However, the risk of it not working is about 22% which means that about 1 in every 5 women relying on withdrawal will become pregnant.

Also, sperm can live in pre-cum so any penis to vagina contact is risky.

5. Contraception methods are safe, effective and can bring about other health benefits when used correctly and by the right women.

Not all contraceptive methods can be used by all women and some methods do carry very small health risks.

Not all methods will suit all women either.

But, there are acceptable options for the majority of women and we can help you find a method that is likely to suit you.

Did you know that not all reliable methods contain hormones?

Are you aware that many contraceptive methods actually have other health benefits?

And nobody has to or should suffer with horrid periods these days either. Check this out…..

It takes two to become pregnant. Contraception should be the responsibility of both of you. In most of the world contraception has to be paid for and can sometimes be hard to get. It is free on the NHS. You are lucky. Use it.

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Anyone who has symptoms including a new continuous cough or high temperature should stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started. This action will help to protect others in our community whilst you are infectious.

Clear advice for people with early symptoms of coronavirus is available online at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

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Alternative provision:

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills - obtained from your GP or bought online - more info
  • Chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening - available online for under 25s only - more info
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info