For info about emergency contraception visit emergency contraception
Contraception is used to prevent unplanned pregnancies. (The only type of contraception that prevents STIs as well as pregnancies are condoms). There are many types of contraception available. Different types suit different people and lifestyles - they each have different advantages and disadvantages.
The most common types are:
- Pills – that you swallow each day
- Injection – that you have every 12 weeks
- Condoms – that can go over the penis (or inside the vagina for the female version)
- IUD/ IUS – small devices (also called coils) that fit inside the womb through the vagina
- Implants – a small tube an inch long that is injected under the skin (arm) and should last 3 years
You can read about the different types of contraception in more detail here.
In Liverpool – you can get free contraception from the following confidential services, whatever your age, including if you're under 16. Click on the links below for more info:
All the above types of contraception and emergency contraception
For all under 25 year olds: Pills, injections, condoms and implant. Also IUD & IUS by appointment
The student health centre (run by Brownlow Health) have a drop-in service providing all the above types of contraception, emergency contraception, free condoms
All GPs can prescribe the pill. Some GPs provide other forms of contraception as well - so check with your own GP practice.