Contraception methods are short-acting or long-acting. Short acting methods include barrier methods such as condoms, or methods such as the pill which require taking a daily tablet. Long-acting reversible methods include implants or injections which last for several months to years.
Long acting non-reversible methods are female sterilisation or vasectomy. Long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are the most reliable if you wish to avoid an unintended pregnancy, but may want children at some point in the future. They have the advantage that, once in place, you don’t need to think about them until they need replacing and none of them interrupt sex.
Only male or female condoms can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections, however.
Short acting contraceptives are:
Oral Contraceptive pill
Long-acting reversible contraceptives are:
IUD - copper T
Long acting, non-reversible contraceptive methods are:
Marie Stopes can provide advice and fitting for the any of the above as a private service. Read "which contraceptive is best for me?” for advice.
You can also get emergency contraception such as the IUD or emergency contraception pill (or so-called morning after pill). You should only use these methods in an emergency e.g. if a condom split and not as a regular form of contraception.