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Overview of contraception & sterilisation

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There are lots of methods of contraception.

The pages in this section give you information about different types of contraception to help you choose the best method for you.

If you want to start using contraception or if you think you want to change to a different type of contraception, visit your GP, Family Planning Clinic, school clinic, or 298 Youth Health for help.

If you're 21 or younger, sexual health visits may be free.

If you have a community services card or live in a low-income area, you may be able to get free or low-cost contraception. This includes long-acting reversible contraceptives. Long-acting reversible contraceptives can give you reliable contraception for up to five years.

If you're eligible, a consultation will only cost $5. Where medically appropriate, you can get a long-acting contraceptive device fitted at no cost. Removal is also free.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed February 2019. Last updated April 2019.

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