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Choosing the right method of contraception that works best for you can be difficult, but there are many effective methods to choose from. 

Contraception aims to prevent unwanted pregnancy.  There are hormonal and non-hormonal methods available, and all methods of contraception listed below are very effective if used carefully.

If you would like to find out more about contraception, discuss what would be best for you or to change your current method of contraception, make an appointment in our Nurse B Clinic (Sexual Health) or with any doctor.

All methods of contraception are available at the UEA Medical Centre and are FREE.

You can also find information on the Family Planning Association website

Your Guide to Contraception

Helping you choose the method of contraception that's best for you.  This leaflet shows the available contraceptive methods, explains how they work, how effective they are and the main advantages and disadvantages.

FPA your guide to contraception

Combined pills

More than 99% effective if used properly.  Useful for young healthy women, but unsuitable for those with high blood pressure and women over 35 who smoke.

FPA combined pill information

Progesterone only pills

Over 99% effective when used correctly.  Suitable for women who do not want, or cannot take oestrogen.

FPA progesterone only pill information

Contraceptive injections

More than 99% effective.  Contains a progesterone hormone that slowly releases into the body.  Useful if you forget to take pills!

FPA contraceptive injection information


92-96% effective.  A device made of thin, soft rubber which is inserted into the vagina to cover the cervix.  They act as a barrier to sperm. 

FPA diaphragms and caps information


Over 99% effective.  An implant is a small, flexible rod placed under the skin.  Contains a progesterone only hormone which is slowly released into the body.  Each one lasts 3 years and is easily reversible.  Useful if you forget to take pills! 

FPA implants information


When used very carefully, they can be 95% effective, but accidents and careless use can result in pregnancy.  Also offers protection against some sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 

FPA condom information

If you are aged between *13-24 years old and living in Norfolk, you are entitled to free condoms through the 'Your C-Card' scheme.  It takes less than a minute to join the 'Your C-Card' scheme and no appointment necessary - just ask at reception to sign up. 

*If you are aged between 13-16 years old, we are not able to sign you to up to this scheme at the UEA Medical Centre.  You will need to make an appointment and visit a 'registration' point venue to sign             up C-Card Are you Getting It 

Intrauterine Device/IUD* (coil)

Over 98% effective.  A small plastic and copper device which is fitted into the womb by your doctor.  Can be left for 5 to 10 years, depending on type. 

FPA IUD information

Intrauterine System/IUS*

Over 99% effective.  A small plastic device which contains progesterone and is fitted into the womb by your doctor.  Lasts up to 5 years. 

FPA IUS information

*IMPORTANTIf you wish to have a coil (IUD or IUS) fitted, then we advise that you speak to a coil fitting doctor first (Dr Harris or Dr Gillibrand) so they can ensure it is the right method for you and that you have considered all options.  You can book a face-to-face or telephone appointment for this.   We will arrange the appointment for you thereafter.  If you click on the link below, you can download the information leaflet that we provide for these procedures. 

DOWNLOAD: Coil information leaflet

Coil Removals: If you wish to have a device removed, you must think carefully about plans for contraception afterwards and over the few days before the removal.  It is very important that you either do not have sex for 7 days, or are using another reliable method of contraception for 7 days prior to removal.  If this does not happen, then we may have to delay the removal.

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