The Contraception Choices website
There are many methods of contraception available and there's no perfect method, which it can make it difficult to choose between them.
The Contraception Choices website is designed to help women and couples decide which method of contraception might suit them best. The site provides honest information on the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and tackles concerns directly.
The Contraceptive Choices website was developed by a team of doctors, nurses and researchers from University College London in collaboration with women aged 15 to 30.
The website information is based on research evidence and theory, professional guidelines, and women's views and experiences of contraception.
The website features
- Honest information
- Facts about the most common concerns including periods, hormones, infertility…
- What’s Right for Me decision aid
- Advice from doctors and nurses – videos and clear explanations
- Videos with women discussing their own experiences with contraception
We believe that
- Women and men have a right to honest, straightforward information about contraception and sexual health
- It’s women’s choice whether and when to get pregnant
- It’s up to women to decide which method of contraception suits them
- Choosing and using a contraception method is complicated – doctors and nurses should listen to women, and help them to work out what’s right for them
- We believe in a positive approach to sexual health (celebrating pleasure, choice and sexual rights).
How Contraception Choices advice should be used
The Contraception Choices website makes suggestions for contraception methods, based on preferences that women enter online. These suggestions are not treatment recommendations - for most methods, women will need to get advice from a doctor or nurse who will check things like medical history, family history, medications, blood pressure, height and weight before prescribing a method.
Contraception advice and guidelines
Contraception Choices posters
We have developed a set of posters which can be downloaded and printed.
We are doing an in-practice audit to find out doctor and patient views about whether the Contraception Choices website facilitates better discussions and decisions in consultation.
We would like to thank all of the young women who have advised the team on the Contraception Choices website design and content, and women who agreed to be filmed for the videos. Thanks also to members of our steering group, and to doctors and nurses who provided expert advice.
The website development was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme. This website is based on independent research funded by the NIHR. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, or the Department of Health.
For more information, please contact the project leaders
Dr Julia Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Judith Stephenson email@example.com
Please note, we cannot provide clinical advice.
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Software development team
Software coding and web design was done by Moore-Wilson