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Which form of contraception is best for me?

Clinic staff can help you choose a contraceptive method that works best for you. Here are some things to think about:

Condoms are great because they don’t just prevent pregnancy – they also protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV. But your sex partner must agree to using a condom, and condoms must be used correctly every time. You can get condoms at the clinic.

Once inside you, an intrauterine device (IUD) can work well to stop pregnancy for up to five years. But remember, it doesn’t protect you against infections or HIV.

Sterilisation is a good option if you know for sure that you don't want any more children. But remember, it doesn’t protect you against infections and HIV – and it’s a decision you will never be able to take back.

Both hormone injections and the contraceptive pill are very effective – but you must get your repeat injection on time, or take your pill at around the same time every day. Injections and the contraceptive pill do not protect you from infections or HIV.  

Remember that condoms can be used with other methods to prevent pregnancy AND infections including HIV. The withdrawal method (when a man pulls his penis out before he ejaculates) is NOT a safe method to prevent either pregnancy or infections.


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