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Contraception 35+

 

There are lots of contraceptive choices available, and what suited
you in the past may no longer be best for you. Your choice will
depend on if you want to have (more) children, your health, your
personal preference and whether you need protection from sexually
transmitted infections (STIs).
YOUR HEALTH
◆ Do you have symptoms such as irregular/heavy periods or vaginal
dryness? Some contraceptive methods can help these
symptoms, others may make them more severe.
◆ Do you have any health issues such as being overweight,
smoking, having high blood pressure/diabetes that may make
some methods unsuitable? Are you taking hormone replacement
therapy (HRT)?
◆ Oestrogen-based contraceptives can relieve hot flushes, vaginal
dryness and irregular periods; progestogen-based methods can
help reduce heavy periods.
COST
Some methods of contraception such as long acting methods of
contraception (see table) have higher up-front costs than others but
are better value for money in the long term. Many of the methods
with high upfront costs are subsidized by the Drugs Payment
Scheme. Ask your GP about all of the contraceptive options
available. Talk to your pharmacist about enrolling on the Drugs
Payment Scheme.

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).

YOUR HEALTH

◆ 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.

COST

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.