Sexually transmitted infections, contraception and the C-card scheme.

Types of contraception

There are various forms of contraception available and it is up to you to decide what method best suits you. All contraception is FREE of charge on the NHS and is available from many places in Kirklees.


Male condoms are made from very thin latex (rubber) but non-latex condoms are also available for those who are allergic.

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The pill

The Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill is generally known to most as "The Pill".

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How does it work? The contraceptive implant is a small (about 40mm long) plastic rod that is put under the skin in your upper arm..

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The contraceptive injection contains the hormone progesterone and is one of the methods referred to as LARC.

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IUD/IUS (Coil)

IUD (Plastic & Copper Coil) An IUD is a small plastic and copper T shaped device that is fitted in the womb.

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Female condom

The Female condom (aka Femidom) is similar to a male condom but larger and fits inside the vagina. it works exactly the same as a male condom

There is a ring around the opening end and another at the closed end. It is the closed end that is inserted inside the vagina.

It is around 95% effective in preventing pregnancies and protecting against STIs when used correctly. Unlike male condoms, they can be worn any time prior to having sex.

How to use one

Before using for the first time, please read the instructions on the packet carefully as they usually come with diagrams explaining how to insert them but if not follow this step by step guide:

  • Remove the condom from the packet, taking extra care not to damage the condom with your nails, teeth or even sharp jewellery
  • Squeeze the smaller ring at the closed end of the condom and gently insert it into the vagina
  • Make sure the large ring at the open end of the condom covers the whole area around the vaginal opening
  • When the penis enters, make sure it goes into the condom and not between the condom and the side of the vagina
  • Remove the condom immediately after sex by twisting the large ring to prevent semen leaking out and gently pulling it out
  • Throw the condom away in a bin, and not down the toilet

Remember! Only use condoms that have the CE mark on the packet and always check the expiry date on the condom packet before use!


The contraceptive patch is a small square (5cm x 5cm) beige coloured patch, similar to a plaster.

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Contraceptive ring

The vaginal ring is a soft plastic transparent ring (4mm thick and 5.5cm in diameter) which is inserted into the vagina.

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Diaphragm / cap

Diaphragms and caps are classed as barrier methods as they cover your cervix (entrance to the uterus).

More about the diaphram
Emergency hormonal contraception

If you have had unprotected sex, you can use emergency contraception to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.

More about the EHC