COMPARE ALL METHODS

Explore all contraceptive methods side by side and see which suits you best.

Intrauterine System - IUS

Intrauterine Method

Small, hormone releasing T-shaped device put in the uterus by a healthcare provider.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Highly effective
  • Long-acting
    reversible
  • Easy to hide

Side Effects

  • May cause changes in menstrual bleeding pattern

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

<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.

The Pill

Hormonal Method

The pill is a small tablet containing hormones that needs to be swallowed by the woman at the same time every day.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Highly effective
  • Widely available
  • Easy to use

Side Effects

  • Need to take it every day

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Contraceptive
Injection

Hormonal Method

An injection of hormones either in the muscle or under the skin by a healthcare provider.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Highly effective
  • Widely available
  • Easy to hide

Side Effects

  • It may initially cause a change in bleeding patterns

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Contraceptive
Patch

Hormonal Method

A small, stick-on patch, placed by the woman that releases the hormones through the skin.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Highly effective
  • Widely available
  • Easy to use

Side Effects

  • It´s visible and may come loose or falls off

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Contraceptive
Ring

Hormonal Method

A flexible plastic ring that releases hormones and is placed in the vagina by the user.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Highly effective
  • Widely available
  • Easy to use

Side Effects

  • Can cause vaginal discomfort or irritation

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Male Condom

Barrier Method

A rubber or latex sheath covers the penis during intercourse.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • STI protection
  • Low cost
  • Easy to use

Side Effects

  • Interrupts sex

STI

  • STI protection

Duration

EVERY TIME
Info

Male Condom

Do it properly.

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

Female Condom

Barrier Method

A rubber or latex sheath that covers the vagina during intercourse.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • STI protection
  • Hormone free
  • Low cost

Side Effects

  • Interrupts sex and low reliability

STI

  • STI protection

Duration

EVERY TIME
Info

Female Condom

Do it properly.

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

Diaphragm

Barrier Method

A small dome that is placed over the entrance to the womb by the woman to stop sperm from entering.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Low cost
  • Hormone free
  • Widely available

Side Effects

  • Interrupts sex

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Cervical Cap

Barrier Method

A small cap that is placed over the entrance to the womb by the woman to stop sperm from entering.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Low cost
  • Hormone free
  • Widely available

Side Effects

  • Interrupts sex

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Spermicides

Chemical Method

Any cream, foam, gel or other liquid that prevents sperm from moving freely.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Low cost
  • Hormone free
  • Widely available

Side Effects

  • Interrupts sex and low reliability

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Sponge

Barrier Method

A small disk-shaped sponge that is placed over the entrance to the womb by the woman to stop sperm from entering.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Low cost
  • Hormone free

Side Effects

  • Interrupts sex and low reliability

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Contraceptive
Implant

Hormonal Method

Small hormone releasing silicone rods put under the skin by a healthcare provider.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Highly effective
  • Long-acting
    reversible
  • Easy to hide

Side Effects

  • It may initially cause a change in bleeding patterns

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

<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.

Intrauterine Device - IUD

Intrauterine Method

A T-shaped device containing copper that is put into the uterus by a healthcare provider.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Highly effective
  • Long-acting
    reversible
  • Easy to hide

Side Effects

  • May cause heavier bleedings or crampings

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

<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.

Withdrawal
Method

Other Method

Where the penis is removed from the vagina before ejaculation.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • No costs
  • Spontaneous

Side Effects

  • Low reliability

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Fertility Awareness

Other Method

Having sex during the least fertile stages of your menstrual cycle.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Low or no costs
  • Hormone free

Side Effects

  • Low reliability

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Sterilization

Permanent Method

An surgical or minimally invasive procedure that removes a woman’s or a man’s ability to reproduce completely.

Details

Efficacy with 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.

Benefits

  • Highly effective
  • Hormone free
  • Permanent

Side Effects

  • Non-reversible

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.

Emergency
Contraceptives

Hormonal Method

A 2nd chance to prevent pregnancy if other contraception has failed.

Details

Efficacy with 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

Benefits

  • Highly effective
    when used
    as directed
  • Emergency care
  • Widely available

Side Effects

  • Very high dose of hormones, cannot replace regular contraception

STI

  • No STI protection

Duration

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.