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Getting and using Contraception

Contraception aims to prevent pregnancy.

A woman can get pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova).

Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart, or by stopping egg production, or by stopping the combined sperm and egg (fertilised egg) attaching to the lining of the womb.

Contraception is free for most people in the UK. With 15 methods to choose from, you can find one that suits you best.

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