Combined pill

The combined pill is the most commonly used hormonal method of contraception in the UK. Find out more about the pros and cons, side effects and other people’s experiences of using the combined pill.

Dr. Paula's Top Pick

The top picks section pulls together the discussions of the day, summarises viewpoints and adds further information.

Implant

Find out more about the implant - including how it’s inserted, typical length of use and the advantages of this long term method of contraception.

Injection

Learn more about the fifth most popular method of contraception in the UK. Discussion about how long it lasts, and how it works.

Hormonal coil (IUS)

Find out more about the hormonal coil, also known as the IUS (intrauterine system). This is a small T-shaped plastic device that sits in your womb and releases the progestogen hormone.

Non-hormonal coil (IUD)

In this section find out more about the Non-Hormonal Coil, also known as the IUD (intrauterine device) or ‘copper coil’. Understand the differences between the coils and commonly asked questions.

Progestogen only pill

The progestogen only pill, also known as the mini pill, is another hormonal method of contraception. Find out more about other people’s experiences of using the progestogen only pill.

Ring

Topics about the ring - a small, soft plastic ring that you place inside your vagina. It lasts up to a month, so you don’t need to think about it every day.

Site Feedback

Discussion about this site, its organization, how it works, and how we can improve it.

Emergency contraception

Sometimes called the ‘morning after pill’, the emergency contraceptive pill can be taken after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. In this forum find out more about the different types of pill available, how it affects periods and when to take it so it’s most effective.

Withdrawal

Withdrawal, also known as the pull-out method, is a method of birth control in which a man, during sexual intercourse, withdraws his penis from a woman’s vagina prior to orgasm (and ejaculation). This discussion shares people’s experiences and concerns about using this method.

Condom (male)

Male condoms are one of the most commonly used methods of contraception in the UK. Find out more about how to best use condoms, the advantages and other questions.

Natural family planning

Discussion about using natural planning or rhythm methods - focussing on the times when you are fertile and avoiding sex during these times. Forum includes discussion on best to do this and covers some recent apps that support people with this method.

Vasectomy

Find out more about this permanent method of contraception, which involves cutting and sealing or tying the tube that carries sperm from the testicles to the penis. Though you will still ejaculate, your semen will not contain sperm.

Female sterilisation

Sterilisation involves blocking the fallopian tubes, which link the ovaries to the womb (uterus). Find out more about this permanent methods of contraception in this forum. .

Patch

The contraceptive patch is attached to clean dry skin, every week for three weeks. Discuss more about the pros and cons of this method here.

Diaphragm

Find out more about the diaphragm - how to fit in and advantages of using it.

Condom (female)

Female condoms, also known as ‘Femidom’s’, are made from very thin soft plastic called polyurethane, and are worn inside the vagina to prevent semen getting to the womb. Find out more about people’s experiences of using the female condom.