Contraception, Planned and in an Emergency

Contraception, Planned and in an Emergency

This is a very important area of our clinical care and we provide a service for our patients that we are proud of. Currently contraception is free for most people in the UK. This is a confidential service for our patients, including people under 16 as long as they are mature enough to understand the information and decisions involved. There are strict guidelines to for care professionals who work with people under 16. We provide a range of methods at Gresleydale Healthcare Centre.

Contraceptive methods allow you to choose when and if you want to have a baby, but they don’t necessarily protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms help to protect against STIs and pregnancy, so whatever other method of contraception you're using to prevent pregnancy, use condoms as well to protect your and your partner’s health.

Contraception. Worth talking about.

Where to Get Routine / Ongoing Planned Contraception

From the Surgery

Booking an appointment by phone / on-line or in person. Any of the doctors  are able to discuss contraceptive choices.

Dr Redferne, Dr Whitehouse and Dr Kulkarni have undertaken extra training to fit contraceptive intra uterine devices [also called a “coil” or IUCD] and contraceptive implants in the practice, they are happy to discuss further if you are considering one of these options.  

From the local family planning clinic

See the local family planning clinics on this page for contact information.

What is emergency contraception ? And where to get it ...

Emergency contraception can be used up to 5 days after sex, but it's more effective the sooner you take it.

It can be used if a contraception fails,e.g. a condom splits or a pill is forgotten or taken late, or if no contraception is used. There are 3 forms, the most effective with virtually no failure rate is the emergency contraception device:

Contraception and Menopause

Women, who don't want to get pregnant, must keep on using contraception until they haven't had a period for more than 12 months if they are over 50 years of age. If they are under 50 years of age they should carry on using contraception until they haven't had a period for more than 24 months. Most women can stop using contraception at 54 years of age.

This is because periods can become irregular before they stop entirely, and pregnancy can still occur during this time. To find out more about the menopause please look at the following links:

http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Menopause/Pages/Menopausehome.aspx

http://www.patient.co.uk/directory/menopause-and-hrt

The Methods of Contraception

There are lots of methods to choose from. You can read more about each of the different methods of contraception by visiting the websites below:

In addition to your chosen method of contraception, you need to use condoms to prevent STIs. Always buy condoms that have the CE mark on the packet. This means that they've been tested to the high European safety standards. Condoms that don't have the CE mark won't meet these standards, so don't use them.

Gresleydale Healthcare Centre offers all of the above methods other than CAPS and DIAPHRAGMS. Unfortunately we are not able to prescribe condoms. We refer to another service for male and female sterilisation.

Emergency Contraception Types

Emergency intra-uterine device (IUD or “coil”) 100% effective within 5 days

It can be fitted as an emergency contraceptive up to 5 days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy by Dr Redferne or at the Family planning clinic

Phone the surgery before you visit, to check when Dr Redferne will be available, if she is in surgery an appointment will be made available for you if you need an emergency IUD.

If you have an IUD fitted, you can then continue to use it for your regular contraception.

IUD Fitting Information Video

Emergency Contraceptive Pill - Levonelle

Levonelle is sometimes called the 'morning after pill'. It can be taken up to 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex and not just on the morning after.

It is more effective the sooner you take it.

If taken it within 24 hours of unprotected sex, it is 95% effective at preventing pregnancy.

If taken between 25-48 hours after unprotected sex it is 85% effective

If it's taken between 49-72 hours after unprotected sex it is 58% effective at preventing pregnancy.

So it's important that you get advice on emergency contraception as soon as possible after having unprotected sex.

If you're over 16, you can also buy the EC pill from most pharmacies. It costs around £25.

The Emergency Contraceptive Pill - EllaOne

A new emergency contraceptive pill, called ellaOne, can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.

The emergency contraceptive pills Levonelle and ellaOne as well as the emergency IUD do not prevent you from getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you have had unprotected sex, you should think about having an STI test.

Other Sources of Information

Please visit the Family Planning / Contraception / Sexual Health section in our 'Your Health' area to see a number of additional information resources.

Where to Get Routine / Ongoing Planned Contraception

From GRESLEYDALE HEALTHCARE CENTRE

Simply book an appointment by phone / on-line or in person

Dr Redferne, Dr Whitehouse, Dr Kulkarni and Mrs Clover have had extra Family Planning training but all the Doctors would be available to discuss contraception choices. Nurse are able to provide on-going contraception advice from thereon.

or

From the local family planning clinic:

SWADLINCOTE CLINIC,
Civic Way,
Swadlincote,
DE11 0AE

Tel: 01283 818000

Every Wednesday
2.00pm - 4.00pm

SWADLINCOTE CONNEXIONS,
Rink House,
Rink Drive,
Swadlincote,
DE11 8JL 

Tel: 01283 229709

Every Thursday
3.00pm - 5.00pm
(Drop-in for under 21's ONLY)

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