Sex can be fun and enjoyable but it’s a serious thing so you need to make sure you’ve got the facts before you start doing it. This includes getting your contraception sorted.
Even if you haven’t had sex yet or are not planning to, it’s still a good idea to be prepared and get all the facts on contraception. The more knowledge you have, the more you will be able to make an informed choice about your sexual health and future family planning.
Did you know: A survey of unplanned pregnancy in Australia found: 36% of women who were not using contraception had not been expecting to have sex?! And one in 10 women either rarely or never felt comfortable asking their partner to wear a condom! It is often said that using condoms reduces spontaneity, but using flavoured SNAKE condoms makes it fun!
There are many different types of contraception. However, the only way to protect yourself against STIs AND an unplanned pregnancy is to use a condom.
Contraception is all about choice. Given that many different methods of contraception now exist in Australia, everyone should be able to find a suitable method. The type of contraception you choose depends on your personal circumstances – your age, your way of life, whether or not you have children, whether you have multiple partners, your health and the need to avoid unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Remember: No method of contraception is 100% reliable. Only condoms offer dual protection against both STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
Sometimes, dual protection is best. This means you should use a condom and another type of contraception such as The Pill, which will protect you from an unplanned pregnancy in case the condom slips off or breaks.
Find out more about the different types of contraception.