Contraception, sometimes known as birth control, is a device, medicine or a method that aims to prevent pregnancy. There are lots of options available which are listed and described here, but for more information on which type of contraception might be right for you, it is best to discuss this with your GP or Nurse/Doctor at your local sexual health or young people clinic.
It is important to remember that most methods of contraception with a primary function to prevent pregnancy, do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or blood borne viruses (BBVs). Condoms are a form of contraception known as a barrier method and are the most effective method of protection against BBVs, STIs and pregnancy. Condoms can be accessed for free in Lanarkshire by anyone who lives, works or studies here via the C Card Scheme.
The only type of contraception that protects against STIs, BBVs and pregnancy are condoms.