Birth Control

If you don't want to get pregnant - or get your partner pregnant - you need to use birth control, also called contraception or family planning. There are lots different types of birth control methods. Another way to avoid getting pregnancy is abstinence.

Facts

What is Copper IUD?

The Copper-T IUD, which is often sold under the name 'Multiload' is a non-hormonal birth control device that sits in your uterus or womb. It’s a t-shaped piece of plastic wrapped with a coil of copper-wire. That's why some people call it the 'coil'.

What is Hormonal IUD/Mirena?

The hormonal IUD is a small cylinder about as long as a matchstick that is put inside the uterus or womb. It's put in place by a doctor, and can stay in the body for up to five years. It works by giving off a steady low dose of the hormone progestogen (levonorgestrel).

Outercourse/Sex without penetration

Outercourse can mean different things to different people. Some people consider outercourse as any sex play without sexual intercourse (when a man inserts his penis into a woman’s vagina). For others, outercourse means sex play without any penetration (oral, anal, vaginal).

What are condoms?

A condom is a thin, tube-like cover worn over the male penis during sex (in case of male condoms) or inserted into the female vagina before sex (for female condoms). Let's find out more about them.

What is the pill?

It’s a pill that women swallow every day. Combined birth control pills contain two hormones, estrogen and progestin. 'Mini-pills', or progestin-only pills, only contain progestin.

How to talk about condoms!

It’s one thing to know about condoms but another thing actually to use them. If you’re worried about talking about condoms with your partner, there’s a good chance that your partner is worried too.