Contraception is used to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

There are many options available to prevent a pregnancy, as well as condoms to protect you from both pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Different types of contraception suit different people and different lifestyles.

Contraception is free for everyone aged 13 and above.

The most common forms of contraception

Condoms – The male condom goes over the penis, the female condom goes inside the vagina

Pills – These are usually taken every day

Injection – This is in the bottom and lasts up to 14 weeks

Implant – This is placed under the skin of the arm and last 3 years

IUD/IUS – These are small devices also known as coils that fit inside the womb through the vagina and don’t require changing for 3-10 years

Visit NHS Choices to find out more about all of the options for contraception, so you can consider which one is right for you.

If you have had condomless sex, or a condom has split, there is a chance that you could be pregnant. Emergency contraception can prevent an unplanned pregnancy. There are pills, which if taken within 5 days, will have good effect; there are others that could be given later than 5 days, it will depend where you are within your menstrual cycle. There could also be an option of having a coil fitted. We would recommend that you telephone for advice or call in as soon as possible.

For North Tyneside call 0191 297 0441

For Northumberland call 01670 51 51 51