There are lots of contraceptive choices available, and what suited you in the past may no longer be best for you. Your choice willdepend on if you want to have (more) children, your health, yourpersonal preference and whether you need protection from sexuallytransmitted infections (STIs).
◆ Do you have symptoms such as irregular/heavy periods or vaginaldryness? Some contraceptive methods can help thesesymptoms, others may make them more severe.
◆ Do you have any health issues such as being overweight,smoking, having high blood pressure/diabetes that may makesome methods unsuitable? Are you taking hormone replacementtherapy (HRT)?
◆ Oestrogen-based contraceptives can relieve hot flushes, vaginaldryness and irregular periods; progestogen-based methods canhelp reduce heavy periods.
Some methods of contraception such as long acting methods ofcontraception (see table) have higher up-front costs than others butare better value for money in the long term. Many of the methodswith high upfront costs are subsidized by the Drugs PaymentScheme. Ask your GP about all of the contraceptive optionsavailable. Talk to your pharmacist about enrolling on the DrugsPayment Scheme.
More information on your contraception choices
Remember – only condoms offer protection from most STIs.