Hormonal contraceptives and coils are generally more reliable than barrier methods. But the best one is the one that works for you. No contraceptive is 100% reliable, but they are going to be more reliable if you’re using them properly. Our section on choosing contraception has more information.
The three main types of contraception are:
- contraception based on hormones, such as the pill, implant and injection
- barrier methods, such as the cap or diaphragm, and the condom
- intrauterine methods, which are put into the womb such as the coil
All these are covered in more detail above.
Statistically, hormonal contraceptives are the most effective contraception, particularly long-term ones such as the injection and implant. This is really because you can’t forget to take them, unlike the pill. Whichever type of contraception you choose, it’s important to use it properly. Ask your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
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