The most common contraceptives used by young people are the pill and condoms. Condoms are the only form of contraceptive that offer protection against most STIs.


  • Contraceptives are used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy or an STI.
  • There is no 100% safe and effective method of contraception.
  • It is important to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each method and find the one that meets your particular needs.
  • Consider asking your parents/teachers/Sexual Health Centre for advice on contraception before entering a relationship.
  • You can also go to your GP or Family Planning Clinic where you can get professional advice on the method that would suit you best.

Learn more about the different types of contraception