Contraceptive Advice


We provide information and contraception advice on the full-range of contraceptives. As part of your consultation we will discuss future contraceptive-use and can, if required, provide you with contraception as part of your treatment.

The following methods of contraception are available at our clinics :

Long Acting Reversible Contraception : 
  • Implant – A small flexible rod about the size of a hairgrip that is inserted under the skin in the upper arm. This can prevent pregnancy for up 3 years.
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) An IUD is a small plastic T shape device that contains copper It is inserted into the uterus through the vagina. This can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.
  • Intrauterine System (IUS) is a small plastic ‘T’ shaped device that contains Progestogen. It is inserted into the uterus through the vagina. This can prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years. The 2 devices available are called Mirena or Jaydess.
  • Injection – An injection given every 12-14 weeks containing the hormone progestogen that prevents pregnancy.
Other methods : 
  • Contraceptive Patch – The contraceptive patch (or Evra) is a small beige patch applied to the skin like a sticky plaster. It is replaced weekly and releases the same hormones (oestrogen and progestogen) that are in the combined pill.
  • Combined Pill – Often just called ‘the Pill’, the combined pill contains two types of hormone called oestrogen and progestogen
  • Progestogen Only Pill– Often called the ‘mini pill’ contains only the hormone progestogen.
  • Vaginal Ring – The contraceptive vaginal ring (Nuvaring) is a soft, plastic ring that goes into the vagina. It releases hormones, like the combined pill


There are a number of forms of contraception that men can use :
  • Condoms – a condom is a barrier that stops sperm reaching and fertilising an egg. They are the only method of contraception to provide protection from sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).


If you’ve had unprotected sex or your contraception has failed you may need emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy. The sooner you take emergency contraception, the more options you have :

  • Emergency Contraception pill – there are two types :
    1. Levonelle can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex
    2. EllaOne can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex
  • IUD (coil) can be inserted :
    1. Within five days of the earliest time you could have released an egg.
    2. Up to 5 days after unprotected sex

You can get emergency contraception for free from our clinic, your GP, contraception and sexual health clinic, specialist clinics like Brook, NHS walk-in centres and some pharmacies. You can also buy Levonelle from pharmacies if you are over 16.