Contraception is used to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
Some of the things you might want to think about when choosing your contraception are:
How contraception will suit your lifestyle.
Whether you want to use the method every day, every time you have sex or less often.
Whether you want to become pregnant soon, many years away or not at all.
There are several different types of contraception that can prevent an unplanned pregnancy. The Contraception Choices website provides honest information to help weigh up the pros and cons.
If you would like to order condoms by post, please use our online form.
If you are using the pill or injection and are happy with these methods, you can see your GP for repeat supplies instead of coming to one of our clinics.
There are methods you can use which are long lasting, these are called LARC (Long-acting reversible contraception). These are marked with a star in the list below.
Benefits of using a LARC method
We offer the following contraceptives at most of our clinics:
Implant* - If you have had Nexplanon fitted you can track and record your bleeding with the 'myNXTracker' app and have some of your questions answered.
* If you would like your coil changed or removed it is important you don't have sex or use an additional method of contraception 7 days before your procedure otherwise you will be at risk of unplanned pregnancy. The Sexual health service is not commissioned to offer appointments to people who require a coil fit for non-contraceptive reasons. For example if you need a coil fitting for heavy periods or HRT and you or your partner has had a sterilization/ vasectomy procedure in the past, we will be unable to provide this. Please contact your GP to arrange the fitting elsewhere.
Did you know?
- You can start contraception at any time in your cycle however if you have unprotected sex (You may be at risk of being pregnant) you may not be able to have your chosen type of contraception at that time.
- You can get most types of contraception from your GP but only some GPs offer coils and implants.
- If you would prefer you can come along to one of our clinics. A nurse or a doctor will discuss your options with you to help you decide what is right for you. You can find your nearest clinic using our clinic finder.
- Only condoms protect you and your partner against sexually transmitted infections.
- If you didn't use protection or you think you might be pregnant, we also offer emergency contraception. To find out more, visit our emergency contraception page.