This factsheet is for women who are using non-hormonal contraception, or anyone who would like information about it.
Non-hormonal contraception prevents pregnancy without using hormonal treatments such as the contraceptive pill. Availability of different contraceptive methods may vary from country to country.
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Publication date: November 2009
About non-hormonal contraception
Up to seven in every 10 women of childbearing age can become pregnant within a year if they don't use contraception.
Non-hormonal contraception can prevent you from getting pregnant by either stopping sperm from fertilising an egg or preventing the implantation of a fertilised egg into the lining of the womb (uterus).
Types of non-hormonal contraception
The main methods are:
- barrier methods
- intra-uterine devices and systems (IUDs and IUSs)
- natural family planning (NFP)