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Are there different types of contraception?
There are many different types of contraception, ranging from barrier methods including condoms and diaphragms, to hormonal contraception, including the Pill and implants or injection. If you are not planning on having children, or any more …
How long is the morning-after pill effective for?
The sooner the morning-after pill is taken, the better. Best results happen when it is taken within the first 24 hours. It can be effective up to four days later, but by the fifth day it is not very effective at preventing pregnancy.
What should I do if a condom breaks during sex?
First, remove the condom. Then take emergency contraception as soon as possible. The sooner emergency contraception is taken, the more effective it is. You should also get checked for sexually-transmitted infections if you think you may be at …
If I am on the Pill does my partner still need to pull out when we don't use a condom?
Yes. Although the Pill is very effective, it is not 100% effective. You should use a condom in addition to the Pill if you really want to be sure you aren't going to get pregnant. Condoms also protect …
Does the Pill give women a low libido?
No. Only a very small number of women report the Pill giving them a low libido. If you feel this is the case for you, you can always try other brands.
Is it true you can't get pregnant the first time you have sex?
You can get pregnant any time you have sex, even the first time. It is important to always use protection to prevent pregnancy and to reduce the risk of sexually-transmitted infections.
My boyfriend says not to worry about contraception because he will pull out. Is that a good idea?
No. This is a very bad idea. Pulling out (withdrawal) is not an effective way to prevent pregnancy.
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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