Condoms are the only form of contraception that protect against STIs AND unwanted pregnancy.
If you’re 24 or under and live in Nottinghamshire, you can get condoms for FREE through our C-card scheme. The C card scheme can be accessed on Nottinghamshire County Council website www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/youthzone/youryouthservice/c-cardregistration.htm
Individuals may have used the same method of contraceptive for years, but actually it may not be the best method for them.
Fortunately, contraceptive choice has improved and some methods that may have been disregarded may be quite different now. People can now decide between oral hormonal methods (the pill), non-hormonal barrier methods (condoms), long-acting reversible contraception (the coil or the injection).
The list adds up to an amazing 14 different contraceptive methods on offer, with more on the way.
It is important that everyone chooses the right method for them. Too often we only think about whether our contraception is the right choice for us – when something goes wrong. Making the right choice however can help to protect against both unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
For more information about events in this area visit the Family Planning Association website; www.fpa.org.uk,
In 2010 NHS Nottinghamshire County and Nottinghamshire County Council undertook an evaluation of the Nottinghamshire C card Scheme. The purpose of this evaluation is to establish whether the C card scheme is meeting its aims and objectives and to identify who the scheme reaches, what impact it is having and whether the C card is of good value for money. The evaluation found that the C card scheme is meeting its overall aim of improving the sexual health of young people. It also demonstrates how the scheme is meeting its objectives providing evidence that the C card:
Increases access to free condoms for young people
Increases young people’s knowledge of and confidence in using condoms
Reduces barriers that deter young people from condom use
Increases the knowledge, skills and confidence of staff at addressing young people’s sexual health needs
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