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.
- 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
- 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).
EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION :
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 :
- Levonelle can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex
- EllaOne can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex
- IUD (coil) can be inserted :
- Within five days of the earliest time you could have released an egg.
- 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.