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There are many methods of contraception to prevent pregnancy. Different methods will suit different people. Contraceptive methods allow you to choose when and whether you want to have a baby. Condoms are the only method of contraception that help protect against both pregnancy and STIs.

Methods of contraception include:

You can obtain free advice and contraception from your GP, a sexual healthcare clinic, and a young person’s service such as Common Youth.

Anyone aged 16 and over can order free oral contraception (‘the pill’ and the ‘mini-pill’) and emergency contraception (‘the morning after pill’) online. 

Emergency contraception (‘the morning after pill’) can also be accessed free through some community pharmacies in Northern Ireland. Community pharmacies can offer advice, support and if clinically appropriate emergency hormonal contraception to women who request emergency contraception under Pharmacy First.

Participating pharmacies are shown on this map FPS Pharmacy First EHC Service Providers (’.

Progesterone only pills (Hana and Lovima) are available to buy in pharmacies and online without prescription.

Contraception is free through the health service.

Find out more about contraceptive services in your area at:

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