If you are not currently planning a pregnancy and are sexually active, reliable contraception is important. There are many options and delivery systems to choose from, including barrier methods and hormonal methods, which may be short or long acting.

Below is a summary of contraception methods offered at Women’s Health Melbourne.

Short Term

Barrier Methods:

  • Condoms – Imperative for Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention in new relationships
  • Cervical diaphragm (rarely used)

Hormonal Methods:

  • Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (Estrogen and Progesterone formulations)
  • Progesterone only mini-pill
  • Combined vaginal contraceptive ring (Estrogen and Progesterone formulations)

Longer term

Non Hormonal Methods:

  • Copper Intra Uterine Device (IUD)

Hormonal Methods:

  • Implanon implant
  • Mirena IUD
  • Depot Provera


  • Tubal ligation
  • Vasectomy (male)