1. Before you go to see your doctor, have a think about exactly what you want from your contraception.
2. And also think about what you don't want.
3. Your doctor will probably ask you about condom use.
4. Be prepared to answer questions about your medical history.
5. If you want to see what a form of contraception actually looks like, you can ask.
6. You don't need to be 100% certain straight away.
7. Don't just put up with "side effects" to your contraception.
8. Some forms of contraception might stop your periods entirely – and there's nothing wrong with that.
9. If you want, you can choose to not have a period at all on the pill.
10. There can be a bunch of other upsides to some forms of contraception, besides the whole not-getting-pregnant thing.
11. If you don't want hormonal contraception, you still have options.
12. If you want to try using fertility awareness as a method of contraception, you should be aware it has a higher failure rate than other methods.
13. If you're a woman who knows she never, ever wants kids, there are actually more reliable methods than sterilsation.
14. Everything you say to your GP or practice nurse is 100% confidential.
15. The most important thing to remember is that if you're not happy with the contraception you're using, go back to your doctor and tell them.
Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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