There are many different contraceptive methods available. Information on these pages show most of the available methods, explains how they work, how effective they are and the main advantages and disadvantages. The figures quoted are for how well each method works are based on extensive independent research.
You can obtain free contraception, including emergency contraception, from:
- a general practice, unless they say they don’t provide contraception services
- a contraception clinic or a sexual health clinic
- a young people’s service (these will have an upper age limit)
- some genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics.
You can also get free emergency contraception from:
- most NHS walk-in centres (England only) and minor injuries units some hospital accident and
emergency departments (phone first to check)
- some pharmacies (there may be an age limit).
- If you are 16 or over you can buy the emergency pill from most pharmacies. They also sell condoms, diaphragms, caps and spermicide.
Click on the links below to see more information on the following contraception:
Contraceptive Implants, Patches & Injections
IUD & IUS