What is contraception?

    Contraception means prevention of pregnancy. So if your partner is of the opposite sex and you do not want to get pregnant, it’s important to use contraception every time you have sex. There are a number of different methods and it is important to choose one that best meets your needs and circumstances.

    Things to consider when choosing a method of contraception:

    • how effective it is
    • how easy it is to use
    • side effects including changes to usual periods
    • cost and availability
    • reversibility
    • protection against sexually transmissible infections (STIs)

    You can read about your options for contraception here.  

    What method of contraception is best for me?

    Different methods of contraception can be more effective than others. The most effective type of contraception currently available in Australia is LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraception) which include options such as the contraceptive implant (Implanon®) or an IUD (Intra-Uterine Device).

    IUDs and implants:

    • are suitable for women of any age
    • can be used by most women, even if they have significant health issues
    • are acceptable and continue to be used by the majority of women who try them
    • can be removed easily at any time by a trained health professional and are immediately reversible on removal.
    • involve an insertion and removal procedure by a doctor or nurse
    • provide no protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

    You can read more about LARC and the effectiveness of different contraception types on  these information sheets:

    Can I still get an STI when using contraception?

    Yes! It is important to remember that only barrier methods like male condoms and dams can help to reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

    The safest way of having sex while preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is: condom + LARC!

    Where/How can I get contraception?

    Male condoms can be purchased from most chemists, service stations and supermarkets in Tasmania. Female condoms and dams are generally only available from chemists or pharmacies, Family Planning Tasmania and some youth organisations.

    Emergency Contraception is available over the counter, without a prescription, at Family Planning Tasmania and chemists or pharmacies.  If you are under 24 years old, you can contact Family Planning Tasmania or your local youth service to ask about financial assistance.

    LARC, the Pill, Nuva Ring and the injection (Depo) can only be prescribed in consultation with a doctor.  Visit a Family Planning Tasmania clinic or your regular doctor.

    If you are interested in using a diaphragm, please contact Family Planning Tasmania for the latest information.

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