There are 15 methods of contraception currently available in the UK; 2 for men and 13 for women. For advice about the different methods of contraception, please make an appointment to see your GP or a nurse. You may find it helpful to research the various options available and consider which method may be more suited to you, and your lifestyle, so you can make a more informed decision when you meet your GP. The Family Planning Association provides a lot of help and advice on all aspects of Family Planning.
When making your appointment it is important to explain to the receptionist the nature of your appointment in order that you will see the appropriate clinician. You could also visit a local Family Planning Clinic.
There are two different types of coils; the intrauterine device (IUD) and an intrauterine system (IUS). Your GP will discuss the most appropriate device for you and will arrange an appointment to fit one during a coil clinic. You will instructed how to check your coil has remained in place but you will need a follow up appointment between 3 and 6 weeks later for a coil check. Coil replacements and removals are also performed during coil clinics.
Coil thread checks can be conducted by any of our practice nurses during their regular clinics.
We are also able offer a contraceptive implant (Nexplanon) fitting service. The contraception implant, a small flexible metal rod, is fitted just under the skin on your upper arm and releases the hormone progestogen. Your GP will advise and book a fitting for you. The implants are fitted and removed in the practice.
If you have had unprotected sex, that is, sex without using contraception, or you think your normal contraception method might have failed, you can use emergency contraception. Emergency contraception can be obtained free from your GP, Family Planning clinics, GUM clinics, and sexual health clinics.
Girls and women aged 13 to 24 can obtain the emergency contraceptive pill free of charge from many local pharmacies.
The emergency pill can also be purchased from most pharmacies by anyone aged 16 or over for about £25.
You can find out more about all the contraceptive options available to you at the Talk Choice website or the Family Planning Association website. For more information on Emergency Contraception please follow this link to NHS Choices