No. There are no known risks associated with progestogen and blood clots. The only contraceptives you are not allowed to take because of your mum’s blood clots are those that contain oestrogen. This means the combined pill, the contraceptive patch and the vaginal ring. You can safely use the progestogen-only pill (POP) or any other progestogen-only methods, such as the intrauterine system (IUS).
It is hard to tell if any sperm will have leaked out of the condom. To be on the safe side, if you’re not taking another reliable method of contraception like the implant or contraceptive pill, it is best to get some form of emergency contraception. We would also recommend an STI check-up if this sex was with a partner who you haven’t already had sexual health checks with, e.g. tests for chlamydia.
Yes, but only in some cases, and it depends on individual circumstances. You’ll need to call your local sexual health clinic or community contraception service to discuss this further. To find your nearest sexual health service, which might be a Virgin Care service, visit the NHS location finder tool.
This will vary from person to person. Many people will not gain any weight with the contraceptive injection while some people can gain 3-4 kg over a 2 year period.
Some people say it stings a little when it is being fitted or when it is being removed but afterwards they do not feel pain. You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the skin where the contraceptive implant is inserted.
No. Pulling out (also known as the withdrawal method) is not a good way to avoid pregnancy. Men can leak sperm before they cum and it’s easy to stay a little bit too long until it’s too late. It takes a lot of self-control to pull out in time. Even if you use this withdrawal effectively, it will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Many people get pregnant using this method.
Yes. Women are usually most fertile during the middle part of their cycle. This is usually about 12 to 14 days after the start of a period and sperm can live up to seven days inside the body. However, your monthly cycle can change without you realising it. If you’re thinking about using your monthly cycle as a birth control method, you should seek natural family planning advice from a health professional like your sexual health service, CASH/contraception clinic or GP.