Your contraception choices
What is contraception?
Contraception means prevention of pregnancy. Using contraception gives you more control and allows you to decide if, and when, to have children, and allows you to enjoy sex without having to worry about an unplanned pregnancy.
Which contraceptive is right for me?
There are several different methods of contraception available. It is very important to choose a method that best suits your individual needs at the time. Getting accurate information, considering the pros and cons, and talking options over with your partner or partners, are all valuable when you are deciding on the best method for you.
Many factors may affect your choice of a contraceptive method including:
- How effective the method is.
- How easy the method is to use.
- The stage of life you are at.
- Your lifestyle.
- Your relationship status.
- Any possible side effects.
- The cost and availability.
- How easy the method is to reverse.
- Any health issues that may limit some choices.
- Protection against sexually transmissible infections.
Unfortunately, while there is excellent information available online about contraception there is also a lot of inaccurate, confusing, and misleading information out there, as well as plenty of myths. For accurate information it is best to only look at more official sites such as this one.
You can check out the Contraception efficacy guide from Family Planning Association Australia.
Talking with a family planning nurse or doctor about contraceptive methods will give you an opportunity to ask questions and to ensure that you have enough accurate information to choose the method that suits you best. If there is not a family planning clinic in your area, talk to your GP.
Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs)
Have you heard about Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives or LARCs? LARCs are methods of contraception that are highly effective, work for a long time, need very little action by you the user, and are quickly reversible when you want to stop using them.
There are three methods of contraception that are classified as LARCs:
- The contraceptive implant.
- The hormone releasing IUD.
- The copper IUD.
Contraceptive methods available in Australia
The contraceptive methods that follow are listed from MOST effective to LEAST effective.