Sex and sexuality are part of life. Sexual identities include heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered. Learn about contraception and safe sex. Health conditions, disability, ageing or sexual dysfunction can affect sex but support is available.
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The method of contraception you choose will depend on your general health, lifestyle and relationships.
Condoms are the most effective way to reduce your risk of contracting a sexually transmissible infection (STI) during sex.
The female condom is effective in preventing an unplanned pregnancy and protecting against sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
The diaphragm acts as a barrier method of contraception.
It is best to take emergency contraception as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours of having unprotected sex, but it still works well within 96 hours (four days).
Sterilisation is a permanent method of contraception that a woman can choose if she is certain she does not want children in the future.
Hormonal contraception for women is available in the form of implants or injections.
Injectable contraception for men is not yet available in Australia, but might provide a reversible method of male contraception in the future.
Hormonal and copper intrauterine devices (IUDs) are very effective forms of contraception.
The Billings method is a cooperative way of family planning that puts the responsibility equally on both partners.
The two types of oral contraception available in Australia are the combined pill, known as ‘the Pill’, and the mini pill.
The vaginal ring works in a similar way to the oral contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy.
A vasectomy does not interfere with a man’s sexual desire or his ability to reach orgasm.