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.
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.
If you feel as though you have contracted an STI, please visit your closest STI testing clinic who will be able to help you further.
Any of the doctors or Nurse Practitioners are able to discuss contraceptive choices. The Nurses here at Newhall Surgery are also able to provide the Depo injection, this is another form of contraception. Please book an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner in the first instance if you would like to begin this form of contraception. Please see the link below for further information.
Information on Depo
Dr Hignett has undertaken extra training to fit contraceptive intra uterine devices (also called a “coil” or IUCD/IUS) and contraceptive implants and would be happy to discuss further if you are considering one of these options. In order to book this appointment, please call the surgery and ask for a telephone call from either Dr Hignett or a Nurse Practitioner who is able to then arrange this appointment.
See links below for further information on IUCD/IUS and Implants.
Information on IUD Information on IUS Information on Implants
If you are having an IUD/IUS or Implant inserted please do not bring children with you to your appointment due to health and safety reasons. If you are having an IUD or IUS it would be helpful if someone else could drive you home afterwards in case you feel unwell.
Emergency contraception can be used up to 5 days after sexual intercourse, 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 intra uterine contraception device. Click the link below. The emergency contraceptive pill is also available over the counter at some pharmacies for which there is a fee.
Forms of Emergency Contraception
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 55 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:
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.
Newhall Surgery 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.