Contraception (family planning)
Why should I use contraceptives?
What services does the Western Cape Government offer me?
Who can use these services?
Do I need permission to use contraceptives?
Methods of contraception: the pros and cons
Male and female condoms
Condoms are the only single method that offers dual protection. Condoms are free of charge at clinics and are affordable at some pharmacies and shops.
This contraceptive is a sticker with 3 layers. It thickens your cervical mucus and prevents sperm from entering your womb. You can apply it to your lower and upper body, but not around your breasts.
Oral contraception for women (the pill)
These pills come in a packet of 28 and you should take them once daily at the same time. There are 2 main types: combined oral contraceptive (COC) pills and progestogen-only contraceptive (POP) pills.
Contraceptive injection for women
There are 2 types: Nur-Isterate, which is given every 2 months (eight weeks) and Depo Provera or Petogen (DMPA) which is given every 3 months (12 weeks).
Intrauterine device (IUD)
An IUD is a small device that is put into a women's uterus (womb) by a specially trained health worker.
You can use this to prevent pregnancy after unprotected and unconsenual sex. If you suspect that the contraception used during sexual intercourse didn't work properly, you should also use it. Copper IUDs are also used for emergency contraception.
A subdermal implant is a small plastic rod (matchstick size) that's placed under the skin of the upper arm by a trained healthcare provider.
Male and female sterilisation
This is a permanent contraceptive method for both women and men. Before you receive this treatment, a health care worker should provide counselling.
Before you choose a method of contraception, ensure that you get advice from a health care professional. You can access contraceptives and counselling at our health care clinics or contact these private institutions:
Planned Parenthood Association (PPSA) Western Cape:
These facility categories:
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There is no charge at primary healthcare facilities and ambulance services are free of charge for clients who undergo sterilisation.
- National Contraception Policy Guidelines (Policies) (File type: pdf; size: 1.63 MB)
- IUD Insertions Offered in the Metropole Region (Public Information) (File type: pdf; size: 330.01 KB)
- Provincial Policy, Standardised Guidelines and Protocols on the Management of Sterilisation Services (Policies) (File type: pdf; size: 656.42 KB)
- Dual Protection (Public Information) (File type: pdf; size: 92.17 KB)
- Male Reproductive Health (Service)