Methods2018-09-24T18:31:31+00:00

Explore contraception options

This is the place to explore the many and varied methods of contraception available in Australia. Each method of birth control has its own advantages and disadvantages, as well as information on how effective it is, how it works and how to use it correctly. So get familiar with your contraception options and start clicking!

Male Condom

Efficacy
82% typical; 98% perfect.

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Female Condom

Efficacy
79% typical; 95% perfect.

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Diaphragm

Efficacy
82% typical; 86% perfect.

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THE PILL

Efficacy
82% typical; 86% perfect.

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Mini Pill

Efficacy
91% typical; 99.7% perfect.

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VAGINAL RING

Efficacy
91% typical; 99.7% perfect.

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IMPLANT

Efficacy
91% typical; 99.7% perfect.

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INJECTION

Efficacy
94% typical; 99.8% perfect.

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HORMONAL IUD

Efficacy
99.8% typical and perfect.

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COPPER IUD

Efficacy
99.2% typical; 99.4% perfect.

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TUBAL LIGATION

Efficacy
99.5% typical and perfect.

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VASECTOMY

Efficacy
99.9% typical and perfect.

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FERTILITY AWARENESS METHOD (FAM)

Efficacy
75% typical; 99% perfect.

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WITHDRAWAL

Efficacy
78% typical; 96% perfect.

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EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION PILLS

Efficacy
>85% if taken within 3 days of unprotected sex.

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Definitions

Efficacy rates score how good a contraceptive method is at preventing an unplanned pregnancy. The efficacy rate refers to how many people out of 100 would be successful avoid pregnancy over a 12 month period. There are two types of efficacy rate:

  1. Typical use takes into account actual use and reflects what happens in the real world when we factor in human error. It is always lower than perfect use but more accurately reflects the real picture.
  2. Perfect or correct use efficacy rates show how good a method is at preventing unplanned pregnancy when it is used correctly all of the time. It’s worth noting that longer term and permanent methods, which eliminate the need for user action (like remembering to take a pill each day), have a smaller different between rates than short-acting and barrier methods.