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The most effective contraception

Emergency Pill - read more

 

What is it?

  • An emergency tablet taken by mouth that protects you from pregnancy after unprotected sex.
  • There are two types available: Levonelle - effective if taken within 72hrs/3 days of sex and Ellaone - effective if taken within 120hrs/5days of sex.

 

How does it work?

Male sterilisation

What is it?

  • An operation that results in permanent contraception for men who have completed their family or who never want children.
  • Otherwise known as vasectomy.

How does it work?

  • The tube (vas deferens) that carries sperm from the testicles to the penis is blocked off so no sperm are released when the man ejaculates (“comes”).

What’s great about it?

Female Sterilisation

What is it?

  • An operation that results in permanent contraception for women who have completed their family or who never want children.

How does it work?

  • The fallopian tubes (which carry the egg from the ovary to the womb) are blocked off meaning the egg and sperm can’t meet to fertilise.

What’s great about it?

Implant

What is it?

  • A soft, plastic, matchstick sized rod placed under the skin which releases the hormone progesterone.
  • A trained health care provider inserts it under your upper arm using local anesthetic.

How does it work?

  • The hormone stops ovulation (eggs being released from the ovaries), thickens the mucus at the entrance to the womb preventing sperm getting through and thins the lining of your womb preventing implantation of a fertilised egg.

What’s great about it?

Mirena (Intra-uterine system)

What is it?

  • A small, flexible piece of soft plastic that fits inside the womb.
  • It is easily inserted by a trained health care professional.
  • It releases a hormone progesterone into the womb.

How does it work?

Copper coil (Intra-uterine device)

What is it?

  • A small, soft, flexible, plastic T shaped device that fits inside the womb.
  • It is easily inserted by a trained health care professional.

How does it work?

  • Prevents sperm surviving in the womb and fallopian tubes and therefore stops fertilisation of an egg.
  • Prevents implantation of a fertilised egg in the womb lining.

What’s great about it?

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