Contraception aims to prevent pregnancy.
A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova).
Contraception tries to stop this happening by:
keeping the egg and sperm apart
stopping egg production
stopping the combined sperm and egg (fertilised egg) attaching to the lining of the womb
Contraception is free for most people in the UK. Condoms can also be bought in pharmacies and supermarkets.
You should use condoms to protect both your sexual health and that of your partner, no matter what other contraception you're using to prevent pregnancy.
It is up to all parties to protect themselves against sexual transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.
At the moment, the 2 contraceptive methods available to men are:
condoms – a barrier form of contraception that stops sperm from reaching and fertilising an egg
vasectomy – a minor, usually permanent, surgical procedure that stops sperm from reaching the semen ejaculated from the penis
The withdrawal method of taking your penis out of your partner's vagina before ejaculating is not a method of contraception. This is because sperm can be released before ejaculation and cause pregnancy.
For more information, please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/male-pill/
These methods are:
There is 1 permanent method of contraception for females:
You can also find out about:
For more information: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/
For information on sexual health and sexual health screening please click here.
To find a sexual health screening service: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/Sexual-health-information-and-support/LocationSearch/734
If you have any unwanted pregnancies, please find more information on: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/abortion/
If you have experienced any form of sexual violence, please call the surgery to speak to a GP. For further information please see: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/help-after-rape-and-sexual-assault/ or https://www.stmaryscentre.org/
You can also refer yourself to a SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre): https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/Rape-and-sexual-assault-referral-centres/LocationSearch/364
If you want to discuss any of the topics mentioned above any further, please complete an online consult and a GP or nurse will be in contact within 48 hours or telephone the surgery
Here at the surgery, we offer:
Contraception clinic – if you have decided that you would like an IUD/IUS (coil) or an contraceptive implant, please complete and online consult or telephone the surgery. We currently have a waiting list and once the clinics are on our system you will get a call with an appointment
For contraception injections – please just call the surgery to book and appointment with one of our practice nurses
Telephone calls with a GP or nurse to provide you with further information so you can make an informed decision about what is best you and your body.
Condoms – if you are registered at the practice you are more then welcome to ask at reception for some!
Sexual health screening – this is an appointment with our HCA’s for around 20 minutes where we will ask some questions about you and recent sexual activities, ask you to provide a urine sample and bloods are taken for a full sexual health screen
COVID-19 and contraception at the surgery:
Contraception clinic – due to the current national lockdown, we are not running any contraception clinics; our waiting list is open and you are more then welcome to put your name on it by either completing an online consult or telephoning the surgery. At present, we cannot say when our next clinic will be running
Sexual health screening appointments: We are currently booking these appointments but to limit time spent in the consultation room we are asking upon booking (or at the appointment) patients collect a urine sample pot. The sample should be provided at home, as at present we do not have any WC facilities at the practice. We ask that samples have patients name and date of birth on and are at the surgery no later then 3pm due to lab collection times.