Choosing a contraceptive method from the range of options available is a matter of working out what is right for your individual situation. Whatever you decide, you need to feel confident that you are reliably protected against unplanned pregnancy.

Dr Marie clinics offer a full range of contraceptive options and contraception consultation services. We also provide safe, permanent vasectomy procedures for men.

To find out which contraception suits you best, take our My Best Fit quiz.

Long-acting reversible contraception

Dr Marie clinics offer a number of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) that provide protection against pregnancy from 3 months up to 10 years, depending on the method used. The LARC options include injections, intrauterine devices (IUD), intrauterine systems (IUS) and implants.

All of the above options are more than 99% effective, however they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The only contraceptive method that protects against STIs is the male condom.

For more information about LARCS or to make an appointment for a Dr Marie contraception consultation, follow the links below.

Emergency contraception

Following unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, emergency contraception is an option for women to avoid unplanned pregnancy.

In Australia, there are two types of emergency contraception available:

  • The copper intra-uterine device (IUD) is the most effective emergency contraceptive. It can be inserted up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex and provides long lasting and effective long-term protection.
  • Emergency contraceptive pills (also known as the morning after pill or ECP) may stop a pregnancy before it starts by preventing or delaying the release of an egg from the ovaries.

There are two kinds of morning after pill available in Australia and both must be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.

  • One can be used up to 72 hours (three days) afterwards. It is available over-the-counter without a prescription at a pharmacy.
  • The other can be used up to 120 hours (five days) afterwards. It can be bought without a prescription at a pharmacy, or you can ask about advance supply at your next Dr Marie appointment – so that you’re always prepared.

Contraceptive pill

The Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (‘the Pill’) contains the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones work together to prevent a pregnancy from occurring, mainly by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg each month.

The Pill is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken correctly every day; however, because some women occasionally forget to take a pill, or illness and some medications can interfere with the pill, the effectiveness is 92% with typical use.

Make an appointment for a Dr Marie contraception consultation or find out more about the Contraceptive Pill using the links below.

The mini pill

The Mini Pill (progestogen-only pill) is suitable for women who are unable to take oestrogen.

Used correctly, the Mini Pill is 99% effective but, as with the combined Pill, incorrect usage will reduce its effectivity.

Most women can take the Pill or the Mini Pill, although there are some medical conditions that preclude safe usage.

For more information, or to purchase your oral contraception online through our pharmacy partner, follow the links below.