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Prevention of unplanned pregnancy is important for your own health and wellbeing, as well as that of your family. There are many types of contraception available to you to choose from, and it is up to you to state your preference and your doctor, to guide you, as to what would suit you best. This is shared decision making... a bit like choosing clothes, some items will suit individuals better than others. Contraception can be hormonal, or barrier or intrauterine.

Pills are either combined (containing oestrogen and progesterone) or the mini pill (progesterone). Implants are inserted under the skin in the inner upper part of the arm - and release progesterone. The hormonal IUD also releases a small amount of progesterone through the stem of the device located in the uterus. Progesterones can be responsible for erratic bleeding, mood swings and skin break outs. Whether you or not you will experience these side effects can't be predicted. You just have to try! Sometimes an individual will be particularly sensitive to hormones or have medical reasons for not being able to take hormonal contraception such as focal migraines, or breast cancer. We will be able to advise you if you are suitable for a particular type of hormonal contraception.

Condoms and diaphragms are barrier contraception, so need to be thought about in advance and fitted prior to penetration. They are less reliable than hormonal contraception but can be a good option if you can't tolerate hormones. We do fit diaphragms at Clinic 66. Condoms protect against infection, so for casual encounters, are always recommended; whether contraception is needed or not.

For permanent contraception there are procedures for both men and women. Permanent contraception (sterilisation) is intended to be irreversible so our Sydney clinic doctors can help you think carefully before deciding to opt for a vasectomy or tubal ligation. Sometimes, after a vasectomy or tubal ligation, you may change your mind, but reversing these procedures is neither cheap nor simple. That's why we counsel you thoroughly - to make sure you understand your choice and are happy with the decision.

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