Think you know it all? Test your knowledge and try our contraception quiz:
1What is the most common reason stated by people for not using contraception?
Remember to plan ahead if there is a chance you might want to have sex and carry contraception.
2True or False, all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) have obvious symptoms?
Many STIs do not have obvious symptoms but can cause long term problems if they go untreated. Once diagnosed, most STIs (except for HIV) can be cured with treatment.
3What type of lubricant is designed for use with condoms?
Water based lubricants are designed especially for use with condoms. Oil based lubricants, such as massage or baby oil, petroleum jelly or body cream can damage condoms, making them split. When buying a condom, make sure it is a good quality condom. Look for the BSI Kitemark or CE Mark, and check the expiry date.
4True or False, condoms offer 100% protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)?
Only total abstinence from all sexual activity offers 100% protection against STIs. If used correctly, condoms protect against the majority (but not all) STIs. Condoms do not offer 100% protection against genital warts, pubic lice or scabies.
5What length of time are women most fertile for during their menstrual cycle?
Women are most fertile for 7-10 days each month. This fertile time is 5-7 days before ovulation, and for 24 hours after ovulation. Ovulation normally occurs 12-16 days before the onset of her next period.
6The following are some of the steps to using a male condom. Which comes first?
You should pinch the top of the condom to remove any air before rolling it down over the penis. After sexual intercourse the condom should be disposed of safely and hygienically. See how to correctly use a male condom.
7A woman can still get pregnant:
All of the above. Think Contraception if you want to have sex but don’t want to get pregnant.
8What is the most popular type of contraception among 18-24 year olds?
The Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships (ISSHR), 2006, found that condoms were the most popular method of contraception used at most recent sexual intercourse all sexual activity. If used properly, condoms protect against most (but not all) STIs. Condoms are 98% effective if used carefully and consistently.
9If you’ve got Chlamydia, what symptoms might you have?
All of the above are symptoms of Chlamydia, however you may not show any symptoms at all. If untreated, Chlamydia can lead to problems such as infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and premature labour.