Gynecology Division

Boulevard de la Cluse 30
1205 Genève

Patrick Petignat
Patrick Petignat
Head of division

The HUG Gynecology Division informs women and girls about different contraceptive methods and advises them about the best strategy for their situation.

Contraception: answers to your questions

Do you want to start a method of contraception? Or change it?Are you wondering about the risks of the pill?Do you want to know more about contraceptive implants?Are you looking for the method that is best for your situation, simplest and most effective?Do you need emergency contraception?

What are the different contraceptive methods?

The goal of contraception is to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

There are several contraceptive methods, including the pill (estrogen and progestin or progestin-only), vaginal ring, transdermal patch, diaphragm, condom (male or female), spermicide, intrauterine devices (IUDs, coils), subdermal implant, quarterly injection, and female and male sterilization.

Each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages.

The choice of contraception depends on your health, your history, your sexuality, your lifestyle, and your wishes.

To learn more about the contraceptive methods available, see:

Learn more about emergency contraception

What happens at the consultation?

During the consultation, the gynecologist asks you questions to learn about your lifestyle and risk factors:

  • if you have conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, or other heart, liver or immune diseases, etc.
  • if you are taking any medications
  • if you smoke
  • if you drink a lot of alcohol
  • if your parents or siblings have had thromboses or other cardiovascular problems.

The gynecologist will perform a clinical exam and will talk with you about the contraceptive method(s) most suitable for your situation.

Make an appointment

For more information about contraceptive methods or to make an appointment, contact the Gynecology Office.

Are you an adolescent who has questions about sexuality and contraception?Contact the Adolescents Office of the Gynecology Division



Dr. Michal YaronHead of Outpatient Gynecology Consultations 




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Last update : 30/01/2024