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Contraception Services

We provide a wide range of contraceptive options.

If you would like to discuss, start or continue contraception then please book an appointment via reception to see one of our nurses – Karen or Lavaughn.

The Family Planning Association has a useful website where you can read about different options

Contraceptive Implant Fitting

If you would like to have a Contraceptive Implant fitted or removed please book a double appointment with Dr Blackmore or Dr McNabb (and ask reception to make a note on the booking that it is for an implant).

Intrauterine Contraception Fitting

If you are interested in Intrauterine Contraception (Copper Intrauterine Device/IUD/Coil or Intrauterine System/IUS/Mirena) please book a normal appointment or telephone appointment with Dr Blackmore or Dr McNabb. They will then arrange the fitting appointment (usually on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons).

Before your appointment it would be useful if you could have a look at the information in the following links and below:

The timing of your insertion depends on what contraception you are currently using:

  • If you are currently using a hormonal method (combined contraceptive pill, progesterone-only pill, patch, contraceptive injection or implant), the IUD or IUS can be fitted at any convenient time as long as you are not bleeding heavily.
  • If you are currently using condoms, diaphragm, natural methods or having unprotected sex or have a time expired IUD or IUS you have two alternatives:
    • Between the first day of your period and the day of your fitting you abstain altogether from sexual intercourse. If your periods are irregular or you have a time expired IUS you will need to abstain for 3 weeks prior to the day of fitting.
    • You arrange to use a more reliable form of contraception for a short time. Suitable methods are the combined oral contraceptive pill, the progesterone only pill, the patch or the contraceptive injection.
  • If you are having a non-expired IUD/IUS removed and a new one fitted, this can be done on any day except a day of heavy bleeding. We recommend that you do not have sexual intercourse for the seven days before the fitting. This is to ensure that you are not at risk of pregnancy if it is not possible to fit a new device after the original one is removed.

On the day of your appointment we recommend that you eat and take your own pain relief at home prior to your appointment. If you need to bring your child/children then you must bring someone else to look after them. Please bring some sanitary protection as you may experience some bleeding after the fitting.

Intrauterine Contraception Removal

Removal of IUD or IUS can be done in a normal 10 minute consultation with a GP. It is important, in order to avoid risk of pregnancy after removal of your device that you abstain from intercourse for 7 days prior to your appointment.