On this page you will find information on the different types of contraception available in Malta, where to get them, and their approximate costs.
Contraceptives help prevent pregnancy, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
Any contraceptive can fail, but failure rates are very low for many contraceptives.
Only condoms provide protection against sexually transmitted infections.
Some contraceptives, especially ones using hormones, can have side effects and may not be suitable for every person.
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you need help choosing a contraceptive.
If you already had sex without a contraceptive, or your contraceptive failed (eg: condom burst) you will need to take the morning after pill to avoid getting pregnant. Click here for information about the morning after pill.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is perfect if you want a low maintenance contraceptive.
It's a fit-and-forget contraceptive, which means you do not have to remember to use it regularly like condoms or the pill.
There are two types of IUDs: the copper coils and hormone IUDs (Mirena and Jaydess).
Condoms are the only contraceptive that protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
When used perfectly, they prevent pregnancy in 98% of cases, but this is closer to 85% in real life.
Condoms relatively cheap and easily available in Malta. You can find them at supermarkets, pharmacies and dispenser machines in many bathrooms.
The oral contraceptive pill, or "the pill" for short, is one of the most popular methods of contraception used in Malta.
The pill contains one or more hormones that stop ovulation, or release of the egg. If taken properly, it prevents pregnancy in about 91% of women.
You can buy it with a doctor's prescription at any pharmacy, and costs around 10 Euro a month.
It's easy to stay protected from pregnancy with a hormonal implant. You won't have to remember to take any medicines or do anything once it's fitted.
It's a small rod that's around 4cm in length with a diameter of 2mm and is fitted in the skin of your arm. The ones available in Malta last for 3 years.
This contraceptive is ideal for women who cannot take or tolerate oestrogen since it uses a different hormone to stop ovulation.