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Choosing Contraception

Contraception means prevention of pregnancy. So if your partner is of the opposite sex and you do not want to get pregnant, it’s important to use contraception every time you have sex.

Some methods of contraception can be more effective than others.

When choosing a method of contraception questions to think about are:

  • “What works best for my lifestyle?”
  • “How well does it work?”
  • “Do I have to remember to take it or use it?”
  • “How much does it cost?”
  • “Does it have side-effects?”
  • “Is it reversible?”
  • “Does it also protect against STIs?” and
  • “How easy is it to use?”

Different methods may suit you better at different times in your life. You can read more about specific methods in the posts at the bottom of this page.

If you want to know more about how contraception might work best for you, you can speak with one of our friendly doctors. Click here to find your closest clinic and make an appointment.

Contraception Summaries

These documents are great summaries of how well different options work (efficacy) and what the differences are between methods:

How effective is my contraception? Factsheet
Contraception Comparison Factsheet

Contraception Types

Find out more about the most common methods of contraception:


This content is provided for general information and education purposes only and does not take into account individual circumstances. It is not to be relied on in substitution for specific advice from a medical professional and Family Planning Tasmania does not accept responsibility for such use. Family Planning Tasmania has taken every effort to ensure that the information is up to date and accurate, however information and knowledge is subject to change. Family Planning Tasmania advises that you always consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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