Latex condoms are the most effective but for those who are sensitive or allergic to latex, condoms made of polyurethane are also available.
Condoms are free from ECHO sexual health clinics. Simply walk in and we’ll provide you with free condoms.
They are also available in some GP surgeries. Condoms can also be bought from pharmacies. Consider always having a condom with you ‘just in case’.
Please see here for further information on condoms: Condoms (external) – Contraception – Sexwise
Diaphragm are a barrier method of contraception. Diaphragms do not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
Advantages of diaphragms include:
- Useful for those wishing to avoid taking hormones
- Use is not usually restricted by your medical history
Disadvantages of condoms include:
- Can affect the spontaneity of sex
- Can take time to learn how to insert/remove the diaphragm
- Must be used with spermicide
Not as effective as other methods of contraception
Diaphragms are 92- 96% effective when used perfectly; however, in most cases they are only 71-88% effective at preventing pregnancy due to imperfect use.
Please see here for further information on the Diaphragm: Diaphragms and caps – Contraception – Sexwise