If 100 sexually active women don’t use any contraception, 85 of them will become pregnant in a year. One in four girls will get pregnant in the first month of having unprotected sex.

So, until you decide that you want a baby, you must make sure that you use contraception every time you have sex so that neither you nor your partner becomes pregnant before you are both ready.

Different types of contraception will suit different people and couples, and it might seem a bit confusing when you first start trying to decide what's best for you. We hope these pages will help you understand a little more about the different kinds of contraception and which options are available to you. It's also useful to find out about conception and fertility.

When you are ready, you can get free contraception and advice from your GP or nurse or at a local sexual health drop-in for young people. visit the services pages for more information on where you can get contraception and advice.

If you are aged between 13 and 25, you can get free condoms from a number of places across the city if you have a C-Card. They are free to anyone living in Brighton & Hove. Getting free condoms does not mean you have to have sex, it's about being prepared and getting clued up about safer sex. See our C-Card page for details of how to get one and how it works or visit the condoms page to find local places that can give you free condoms.

All health professionals follow the Fraser Guidelines when discussing contraception with young people.

SWAG at YAC is closing

The young people’s contraception service at Blatchington Road will be closing on 31 March 2015. Please visit Morley Street clinic or a young people’s drop-in service at Mile Oak Medical Centre on Thursday’s 4 - 5pm or Portslade Health Centre on Wednesday’s 4 - 6.30pm for contraception and emergency contraception.

Please feel free to contact us at with your questions or comments.

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