The ideal contraceptive would be 100% effective; 100% safe; cheap and easy to distribute; independent of intercourse, memory and the medical profession; easily reversible; acceptable to all and used or visible to the female.
A measure of the effectiveness of a method of contraception. It is measured as the failure rate per 100 women (total accidental pregnancies × 1200 ÷ total months exposure).
- Natural methods
- Barrier methods
- Hormonal Methods- Pills
- Progesterone only
- Combined oral contraceptive pill
- Hormonal- Implant and injection
- Hormonal- IUCD
It is important to ask (where relevant) a woman of reproductive age whether she is using any form of contraception; whether she would like to hear about the options for contraception and be able to give her all the information about these options.