Some contraceptive methods are for use on a daily basis, while others can provide protection for months or even years. These long-term reversible methods are perfect if you are not considering to have a baby in the near future. If you decide otherwise, however, your fertility will return to normal rapidly once they are removed.
Oral pills: The progestogen-only pill has one hormone while the combined oral contraceptive pill contains oestrogen and progesterone. Contraceptive pills need to be taken on a daily basis.
Contraceptive patch: The transdermal patch sticks to your skin and releases two hormones. It’s effect is on a weekly basis.
Contraceptive ring: The contraceptive vaginal ring is a device located inside the vagina and releases two hormones. You need to take out the old ring and replace it with a new one every month.
Contraceptive injection: This method injects a tiny amount of a single hormone under the skin. The hormone is slowly released and protects you against pregnancy for at least 12 weeks.
Contraceptive implant: The implant is a tiny rod inserted under the skin in your upper arm by an experienced doctor. This slowly releases a tiny amount of a single hormone to prevent pregnancy for three years. The rod is then taken out by a doctor but you can have a new rod inserted if you desire so.
Copper intrauterine device (IUD or coil): The copper IUD is a small copper device that is inserted into the womb by an experienced gynaecologist. It allows a contraception for five to 10 years, depending on which kind of device is used. The IUD is then removed by a doctor and you can have a new one inserted if it will be needed in the future
Intrauterine system (IUS or hormone coil): The IUS is a small device that is inserted into the womb by a specialist. The IUS provides protection for three to five years, depending on the type. The IUS must then be removed by a doctor and, if required, can be replaced. At our contraception clinic we also provide advice on natural fertility awareness methods, condoms, and emergency contraception.