CONTRACEPTION AT A GLANCE

Take a browse through all the methods available to you, click to read more and compare the methods you’re interested in side by side. Please note that not all methods shown are available in all countries.

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The Pill

The Pill

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

91% Info

The Pill

Use it right!

91%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

99%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 9 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

EVERY DAY Info

The Pill

Do it properly.

The pill is taken every day. However, there are a few different types of pill, so to make sure you’re using it properly speak to your healthcare provider and read the instructions carefully.

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Intrauterine System - IUS

Intrauterine System - IUS

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

99% Info

Intrauterine System - IUS

Use it right!

99%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

99%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

<3-5 YEARS Info

Intrauterine System - IUS

Do it properly.

The IUS can only be inserted by a well-trained healthcare provider once every 3 to 5 years depending on the type.

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Male Condom

Male Condom

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

82% Info

Male Condom

Use it right!

82%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

98%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 18 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 2 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

EVERY TIME Info

Male Condom

Do it properly.

A new male condom must be used each time you have sex.

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Contraceptive
Patch

Contraceptive
Patch

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

91% Info

Contraceptive
Patch

Use it right!

91%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

99%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 9 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

EVERY WEEK Info

Contraceptive
Patch

Do it properly.

The contraceptive patch is applied once a week, for 3 weeks in a row and then left off for the 4th week. This cycle is then repeated.

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Contraceptive
Ring

Contraceptive
Ring

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

91% Info

Contraceptive
Ring

Use it right!

91%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

99%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 9 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

EVERY MONTH Info

Contraceptive
Ring

Do it properly.

The contraceptive ring is inserted and left in for 3 weeks and then removed for the 4th week. This cycle is then repeated.

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Contraceptive
Implant

Contraceptive
Implant

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

99% Info

Contraceptive
Implant

Use it right!

99%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

99%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

<3-5 YEARS Info

Contraceptive
Implant

Do it properly.

The contraceptive implant can only be inserted by a well-trained healthcare provider once every 3 to 5 years depending on the type.

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Contraceptive
Injection

Contraceptive
Injection

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

94% Info

Contraceptive
Injection

Use it right!

94%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

99%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 6 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

1 or 3 MONTHS Info

Contraceptive
Injection

Do it properly.

The contraceptive injection can only be administered by a trained healthcare provider once every 1 to 3 months depending on the type.

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Intrauterine Device - IUD

Intrauterine Device - IUD

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

99% Info

Intrauterine Device - IUD

Use it right!

99%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

99%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

<5-10 YEARS Info

Intrauterine Device - IUD

Do it properly.

The IUD can only be inserted by a well-trained healthcare provider once every 5 to 10 years depending on the type.

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Female Condom

Female Condom

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

79% Info

Female Condom

Use it right!

79%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

95%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 21 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 5 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

EVERY TIME Info

Female Condom

Do it properly.

A new female condom must be used each time you have sex.

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Diaphragm

Diaphragm

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

88% Info

Diaphragm

Use it right!

88%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

94%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 12 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 6 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

24H MAX Info

Diaphragm

Do it properly.

The diaphragm must be inserted, with spermicide, every time you have sex. It needs to stay in for 6 hours after sex, but no more than 24 hours afterwards.

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Fertility Awareness

Fertility Awareness

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

76% Info

Fertility Awareness

Use it right!

76%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

95%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 24 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 5 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

EVERY DAY Info

Fertility Awareness

Do it properly.

Fertility awareness is a full time job. Keeping track of your cycle, working out when and when not to have sex needs to be carefully calculated and monitored every day.

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Cervical Cap

Cervical Cap

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

84% Info

Cervical Cap

Use it right!

84%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

91%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 16 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 9 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

48H MAX Info

Cervical Cap

Do it properly.

The cervical cap must be inserted, with spermicide, every time you have sex. It needs to stay in for 6 hours after sex, but no more than 48 hours afterwards.

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Sponge

Sponge

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

76% Info

Sponge

Use it right!

76%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

80%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 24 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 20 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

30H MAX Info

Sponge

Do it properly.

The sponge must be inserted every time you have sex. It needs to stay in for 6 hours after sex, but no more than 30 hours afterwards.

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Spermicides

Spermicides

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

72% Info

Spermicides

Use it right!

72%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

82%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 28 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 18 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

EVERY TIME Info

Spermicides

Do it properly.

Spermicides must be used, along with a cervical cap, diaphragm or other barrier method, every time you have sex.

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Withdrawal
Method

Withdrawal
Method

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

78% Info

Withdrawal
Method

Use it right!

78%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

96%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 22 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 4 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

EVERY TIME Info

Withdrawal
Method

Do it properly.

The withdrawal method must be used, before your partner ejaculates, every single time you have sex. It’s extremely unreliable and only limits the chances of any sperm reaching the egg.

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Sterilization

Sterilization

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

99% Info

Sterilization

Use it right!

99%

Efficacy with typical use

Where there is a risk of inappropriate application, inconsistent use or just plain human error.

99%

Efficacy with correct use

When used with 100% accuracy, not relying on self-administration and used exactly according to instruction.

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

Approximately 1 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy

FYI without contraception 85 in 100 young women will get pregnant this year.
Remember, if you're going to do it it's worth doing right.

REGIMEN

FOR EVER Info

Sterilization

Do it properly.

Sterilization is a permanent method of contraception, suitable for people who are sure they never want children or do not want any more children.

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Emergency
Contraceptives

Emergency
Contraceptives

EFFICACY
TYPICAL USE

>58% Info

Emergency
Contraceptives

Use it right!

The efficacy of emergency contraceptives change drastically depending on how long after unprotected sex you take them. To be as effective as they can be you must take them during the 24 hours after you had sex, after this time, their ability to be effective declines.

Efficacy changes over time as follows:

95% effective within first 24 hours after unprotected sex
85% if taken within 25-48 hours
58% if taken within 49-72 hours

REGIMEN

ON TIME Info

Emergency
Contraceptives

Do it properly.

For the best results with emergency contraception, be quick. Taken 12 hours after unprotected sex it is a lot more effective than after 24 hours.

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