Sexual health advice
for everyone


Contraception means the methods that are used to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of contraception, like condoms, can also be used to prevent some sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

There is also a type of contraception called emergency contraception that can be used after unprotected sex, to protect you from pregnancy.

Remember that if you have unprotected sex, without using any contraception, this puts you at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

It is always best to plan your contraception before you have sex. Contraception is FREE so you won’t have to pay anything. There are loads of different methods of contraception to choose from so take time to find the one that’s right for you.

There are many professionals across Bath and North East Somerset that you can talk to about your contraceptive choices such as:

  • School and college nurses
  • Your doctor
  • Your pharmacist
  • Clinic in a Box

How does contraception work?

There is a range of different types of contraception and they work in slightly different ways. To find out about the different types of contraception and how they work visit brook.

What contraception is best for me?

Our friends at Brook have designed a great way of helping you work out the best form of contraception for you by developing My Contraception Tool. It asks a few basic questions and keeps your answers completely confidential.

What if I want to change my contraception?

That’s fine! Sometimes the contraception you pick doesn’t quite suit you. To change your contraception method start by having a chat to one of the professionals above, or contact The Riverside Clinic on 01225 826855.

What is Clinic in a Box?

Clinic in a Box is a contraception and sexual health clinic for young people that happens in local schools and other young people’s services. Like all other services it’s confidential. Go to our Find a Service page.