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Condoms

  • A barrier method of contraception
  • Male and female condoms available
  • Non-hormonal

Female condom – 95% effective if used properly
Fits inside the vagina

Male condom – 98% effective if used properly
Fits over an erect penis

Gives protection against sexually transmitted infections
Available free from:
The Corner
Family Planning Clinics
GPs
GUM clinic
Tayside Condom Initiative outlets (see website)

Considerations

Never use oil based products such as body creams, lotions, lipstick on a condom as this will damage the rubber and make it much more likely to burst

How do I use a male condom?

1. Check that your condom isn’t past its use-by date. Be careful how you take it out of its foil wrapper.

2. Pinch the teat or closed end before you put the condom on.

3. Holding the teat or closed end, ro...

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Advice for women missing combined oral contraceptive pills

1) If one or two pills have been missed at any time
OR
If one pill is missed when using a 20mcg pill (Loestrin 20, Mercilon or Femodette)

Take the most recent missed pill as soon as you remember and continue taking the remaining pills daily at the usual time – this may mean taking two pills on the same day or even at the same time

You should not require emergency contraception

2) If three or more pills have been missed at any time
OR
If two or more pills have been missed when using a 20mcg pill (Loestrin 20, Mercilon or Femodette)

Take the most recent pill as soon as you remember and continue taking the remaining pills daily at the usual time – this may mean taking two pills on the same day or even at the same time...

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Progestogen-only Pill

  • Often referred to as POP or the ‘mini pill’
  • Contains the hormone progestogen
  • There are several different types of POP to choose from

The POP is 99% effective if taken properly. It gives no protection against sexually transmitted infections

What makes the POP less effective?

  • Missing one or more pills
  • Taking your pill late
  • Some medications may make the POP less effective

Considerations

The POP is particularly suitable for women who:
  • Breastfeed
  • Have a strong family history of breast cancer, heart attack or stroke
  • Smoke and are over the age of 35
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Combined Pill

  • The Combined pill is usually referred to as ‘the pill’.
  • It contains two hormones – oestrogen and progestogen.
  • There are many different types of Pill to choose from

The Pill is one of the most effective methods of contraception. If taken properly the pill is more than 99% effective. This means it is very effective at preventing pregnancy but gives no protection against sexually transmitted infections.

How effective is the pill/ How well does the pill work?
If taken properly the pill is more than 99% effective. This means that less than one woman out of every 100 using the pill will become pregnant each year.

What makes the pill less effective?

  • Missing two or more pills
  • Taking your pill more than 24 hours late.
  • Severe and prolonged diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Some medications e.g...
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