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Contraception Questions

"How many different types are there? I've only heard of the pill and condoms"

There are MANY different types of contraception out there, the pill and condoms are some common forms of contraception but what works for you is entirely your decision.

The Cornwall SHAC website has a whole list of contraceptive choices and lots of information on each of them, so that might be a good place to start. 

"What is a C-Card?"

C-CARD is a confidential, free condom distribution scheme for young people living in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. The scheme aims to make condoms more accessible and gives young people support and information about sexual health and how to use a condom correctly. C-CARD enables and empowers young people to readily access support, advice and condoms from a number of different locations across the County.

"At what age can you get a C-Card?"

If you are aged between 13-21 years old you can register for a C-CARD. If you are aged 13-15 you will be required to undertake an assessment with a C-CARD trained worker and demonstrate that you are Fraser Competent. It is still illegal to have sex under the age of 16 however you are entitled to contraceptive advice and treatment.

"How do you get a C-Card and where from?"

You can register for a C-CARD or collect your condom packs from any organisation that displays a C-CARD logo. There are over 200 organisations offering C-CARD across Cornwall.

You can search for your nearest C-Card registration and distribution centres using the Savvy YPF services search function

"What are the chances of a condom splitting?"

If you follow the instructions, use it properly, and use a new one every time you have sex, condoms are 98% effective in preventing a pregnancy.

Condoms rely on the user, so might not work well if either of you have had too much to drink, have taken drugs or are not sure how to use them properly.

Practise makes perfect!

"Is there more than one pill and do they do anything else than be a contraceptive?"

The Combined Contraceptive Pill is often just called 'The Pill'. There are lots of different types and you might have to try one or two before you find the right one for you.

The Combined Pill contains two types of hormone called oestrogen and progestogen. It will come in a packet of small tablets. There are 27 different types of combined pill available. All of them are designed to stop you getting pregnant and some of them might reduce spotty skin, or help with painful or irregular periods as well. No pill will protect you against sexually transmitted infections, though, so you might want to use condoms too.

The other type of contraceptive pill you can get is the Progestogen Only Pill (POP). That doesn't have oestrogen in it.

For more information about contraception, which can be a pretty complicated affair, check out the Brook website.

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