Contraception

Contraception is about stopping a pregnancy occurring. There are 12 reversible methods of contraception available in the UK. These reduce the risk of pregnancy, but only condoms will reduce your risk against Sexually Transmitted Infections so you will also need to use a condom.

Different methods will suit different people and your choices can be considered and discussed with you at a sexual health clinic or via your GP or practice nurse.

Most  contraception is free-of-charge from our clinics and your GP.

You can start most contraception at any time in your cycle.  If you have had unprotected sex (you may be at risk of becoming pregnant) so you may not be able to have your chosen type of contraception at that time. 

If you have unprotected sex, this could put you at risk of pregnancy. You can reduce this risk by using emergency contraception (EC). This can be obtained from our Sexual Health clinics, please telephone for details or walk into Victoria Health Centre or City hospital clinic

If you are thinking about or having sex and don’t want to get pregnant you need a suitable and effective method of contraception. To find out more about contraceptive methods and which might be best for you click here. 

Call us to make an appointment at any of our clinics across Nottingham.

Tel: 0115 962 7627

 

Important information about getting your contraception from our Sexual Health Services

All of our Sexual Health Services have bookable appointments. Some clinics have a very limited number of appointments available, so think ahead - book your next appointment about 1-2 months before you need to renew your contraception.

During a consultation with a doctor or nurse, they will discuss your medical history and what best suits your needs and lifestyle.

Each time you use our service to get your contraception you will have to talk to one of our Nurses, Doctors or Healthcare Assistants (this includes collecting condoms).

If you want to have an Implant, IUS or IUD (coil) as your long term method of contraception, you may be given an appointment before to discuss or If possible we will fit this method on the day. Unfortunately, we are not always able to do this. The nurse or doctor would explain why on the day and arrange a further appointment.

If booking for an IUD or IUS fit, please read the attached information to prepare for your appointment. IUD/IUS Information Sheet.