Contraception helps prevent pregnancy. There are around 15 different types of contraception you can choose from and all are free on the NHS. If you go to your GP, School Nurse or Sexual Health and Contraceptive Clinic they can offer confidential expert advice.
Crucial: Your School Health nurse can give you confidential information about contraception and sexual health at any time. You don't need to be considering having sex. Find out more about the School Health Nurse service in Oxfordshire.
It can be really confusing knowing which contraception method to choose. Have a look at the Brook Contraceptive Tool to help you know more.
It is really important to know that you can get pregnant:
- the first time you have sex
- if you hardly ever have sex
- if you have had sex before and not got pregnant
- from any close genital contact between a man and a woman
- if you have sex during your period
- if you have sex without either of you having an orgasm (coming)
- if the boy withdraws (pulls his penis out before he comes)
- if you have sex in any position, including standing up
- if you douche (wash inside) afterwards.
Crucial: If you are a woman having sexual contact with a man it is really important you use a form of contraception if you don't want to get pregnant. Likewise it is important if you are a man having sexual contact with a woman that you either use condoms or ask what contraception she is taking. Preventing pregnancy is a joint responsibility.
Watch the below video to find out about the different types available.