For information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health in Victoria

Why do people use contraception?

on 27 Jun 2022 4:00 AM
Photo of various contraceptive devices on a pink background

Contraception is used for many reasons, from preventing unwanted pregnancy, to managing menstrual cycles and various health conditions.

Different people may choose to use different methods depending on their circumstances, so it is important not to make assumptions on why someone might choose to use contraception, or to judge them for the type of contraception method they choose to use. 

First of all, what is contraception?

Contraception refers to the intentional use of artificial methods, various devices, medication, or surgeries to prevent unwanted pregnancy.  Some contraceptive barrier methods, such as condoms, are used to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

In Australia, there are many contraception methods available:

You can have a read of their correct use and effectiveness in a previous blog post we wrote, at this link.

So, what are the main reasons people use contraception?

It is important to note, that most contraception methods do NOT provide protection against STIs, so the use of barrier methods as well as getting regular STI tests are key in ensuring STI prevention. Barrier methods like condoms can be useful in promoting safer sex and preventing STIs. These can be used for oral, vaginal, and anal sex.

It’s always a good idea to discuss your contraception options with your GP or sexual health nurse. You can also contact us at 1800 My Options to find a service near you – call 1800 696 784 (weekdays, 9am – 5pm).

The Better Health Channel has a very useful factsheet on various Contraception Choices.

You can also view our video explaining the various contraception options available in Victoria.

Benefits of Contraception Use, New Zealand Family Planning 2013.
Contraception Choices, Better Health Channel 2022.
Contraception, 1800 My Options 2022