There are 15 methods of contraception available in the UK.

To find out more about what they are, how to use them, where to get them and find the one that suits you visit the YorSexualHealth website. You can also talk through the different methods with a doctor or nurse at any of the contraception and sexual health clinics in North Yorkshire.

You can also access a wide range of contraceptive methods directly from your GP practice.

The Family Planning Association provide a help guide to contraceptive methods, what they are, how to use them, where to get them and the advantages and disadvantages of each method. They also provide guidance about choosing contraception after you've given birth.

If you just want to have a chat about contraception and get some advice, call the helpline number free on 0800 28 29 30 or visit NHS Choices - sex, worth talking about.

Do I have to be 16 to use contraception?

No. If you are under 16 you can get confidential advice and contraception. Health workers (nurses, doctors and pharmacists) work under very specific guidance with this age group. You must be mature enough to understand the advice and any decisions made about giving you contraception.

Will my parents / carers be told if I am given contraception?

Health workers have to keep anything you tell them private, but they will usually encourage you to talk to your parent or carer.

If a health worker thinks there is a risk to your health, safety or welfare they might need to share your information with someone else. The risk would need to be serious and the health worker would usually discuss this with you first.


Condoms are available free of charge for young people through a range of outlets, including GPs and sexual health clinics. More information about free condoms is available here.

Emergency contraception

If you have had unprotected sex, that is, sex without using contraception, or think your contraception might have failed, you can use emergency contraception.

Additional information from NHS Choices

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