For info about emergency contraception visit emergency contraception


Contraception is used to prevent unplanned pregnancies.  The only 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 (male condom) or inside the vagina (female version).  Condoms are the only form of contraception that helps protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • 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

Student Health Centre 

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.