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Contraception that's not great in real life

Natural Family Planning

What is it?

  • A method where a woman monitors her body’s natural fertility indicators (signs) during her monthly cycle. These show when you can have sex without risking pregnancy (non-fertile time) and when you should avoid sex (fertile time).

How does it work?

  • By monitoring your body temperature, vaginal discharge and the length of yoour cycle you can tell when you are fertile and when you are not.

What’s great about it?

Withdrawal

 What is it?

  • A form of birth control that is also known as "pulling out." The man removes his penis from the vagina before he comes (ejaculates).

 How does it work?

  • Ejaculation occurs outside the vagina so semen doesn’t enter vagina. 

 What’s great about it? 

Male Condom

 What is it?

  • Thin cover made of rubber or polyurethane that fits snugly over the penis during sex.

 How does it work?

  • It acts as a barrier between the penis and vagina so sperm cannot enter the vagina and reach the egg.

 What’s great about it? 

Female Condom

 What is it?

  • Very thin, soft tubing made of polyurethane that is inserted into and loosely lines the vagina. 

 How does it work?

  • It acts as a barrier between the penis and vagina so sperm doesn’t enter the vagina and reach the egg.

 What’s great about it? 

Diaphragm and Caps

What are they?

  • Soft, flexible latex or silicone dome/cup shaped devices that fit in the vagina and cover the cervix (entrance to the womb). Caps are usually smaller.
  • They should be used with a spermicide. 

 How do they work?

  • Act as a barrier preventing sperm from entering the womb thereby stopping fertilisation with an egg.
  • The spermicide kills the sperm. 

What’s great about them? 

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