Contraceptive devices are used to prevent pregnancy. There are lots of different options available, and it is important that you choose the contraceptive that is right for you. Some contraceptive methods use hormones to change fertility, while other methods prevent sperm from implanting in the egg.
Does contraception prevent STIs?
Most contraceptive devices do NOT prevent STIs, as they do not form a barrier between partners (the exceptions being traditional condoms and the internal condom aka female condom or femidom). If you want to find out about protecting yourself and your partner/s from STIs, see our STI and BBV Resources.