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Talking to your partner

Finding it difficult to talk to your partner?

Here are a few tips that might make it easier to talk about contraception with your partner.

Find a good time to talk 

  • Find a good time to talk about sex, contraception or any health concerns you might have — when you are alone together and unlikely to be interrupted.
  • Don't try and talk when you are already getting intimate!
  • Do insist on using contraception every time you have sex if you do not want to get pregnant.
  • Have as many conversations about contraception as you need.
  • Talk about if either of you think you might need to get a test for a sexually transmitted infection (STI), if necessary. If so, book a test.

Be honest

Talk about what you want and what you don't want.

Think of the practicalities 

Talk about the practical aspects of contraception. For example:

  • whether you need to stop having sex for a time
  • what type of contraception you should use
  • who will be responsible for using it
  • who will pay for the contraception 

Be sure that you are happy with your choice of contraception – your choice should match your values and beliefs.

For more information, download the 'your contraceptive choices leaflet'