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The only way to be 101% certain of avoiding an unplanned pregnancy is to simply not have sex.

And that’s hardly the way forward for the world.

So here’s a quick run through the most common and most trusted methods of contraception used across many different borders and boundaries

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Male Condom

The male condom is up to 98%
effective – if used correctly.

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Female Condom

The female condom is up to 95% effective. But it can sometimes slip or split if used incorrectly.

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The Pill

The combined pill – which contains two hormones - is up to 99% + effective.
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Contraceptive Implant

The contraceptive implant is up to 99% + effective.

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Contraceptive Injection

The contraceptive injection is up to 99% + effective.

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Diaphragms, caps and sponges

Diaphragms and caps are up to
92% - 96% effective.
Sponges are
89 – 91% effective.

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Morning after pill

Emergency Hormonal contraception, sometimes called the "morning after pill" – is between 58%-95*% effective
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Natural Family Planning

Including well-known methods like fertility indication and the rhythm method
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The Intrauterine System (IUS) (Hormone releasing IUD) is up to 99% + effective

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Male and female sterilisation

This is a permanent method of contraception and is a surgical procedure where the tubes that supply sperm in a man and the tubes that carry the egg in a woman are cut or tied.