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Pregnancy and contraception

If you don’t want to get pregnant, you’ll need to use contraceptives, even if you only have sex once.

Nothing works every time

No contraceptive is 100% reliable. Male condoms are 98% effective, if used correctly, but things can go wrong (they can split). The only way of completely avoiding pregnancy is not to have sex.

Some contraceptives have side effects, so it’s worth checking what’s out there and deciding which one suits you best. The NHS provides lots of information.

You can also drop in on your local sexual health clinic, Bradford and Airedale Sexual Health (BASH) and get friendly advice.

In the dark?

Don’t worry if you’re unsure about the ins and outs of getting pregnant. Find out for yourself from organisations like Brook, a confidential, understanding service. Your GP or staff at your local sexual health clinic can also help. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question.

Safer sex

Using a condom not only stops you from getting pregnant but protects you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Even if you’re on the pill, or using another form of contraception to stop pregnancy you’ll need to use a condom.

If your partner won’t use a condom NHS Choices gives useful advice to help you give the other side of the story.

Think you might be pregnant?

You should get information and advice on what to do as soon as you can. BASH Bradford contact centre is a good place to start.

It all depends on how pregnant you are. Emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex. Information is available on the Brook website.

Your local sexual health clinic offers confidential advice.

Teenage pregnancy

For pregnant teenagers aged 16 and under, ring 07903 567 042 to book an appointment with the specialist midwife.

For those aged 17, 18 and 19 who want to have their baby at Bradford Royal Infirmary, please contact Bradford Community Midwives on 01274 364 502.

If you’d prefer to have your baby at Airedale General Hospital, please contact Airedale Community Midwives on 01535 292 120.

Or you can connect with Lou the Midwife on Facebook.

If you think you have mental health problems and are pregnant, support is available from your midwife and health visitor.

Top tips on contraception

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Explore the range of condoms to see which one works for you and your partner and keep them handy.

Use contraception to avoid pregnancy but use it carefully. Remember only not having sex is 100% effective

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If you think you are pregnant act quickly and take advantage of the help available locally e.g. emergency contraception or other options.

Further information

The Marie Stopes website has loads of information about contraception, including a useful flow chart to help you sort out 'what contraception might suit you best'.

Netmums and Young Minds and NHS choices all offer support for pregnant teens.

Gingerbread is a great charity that supports young parents in lots of ways.

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