Contraception Information

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.

Where to Get Routine / Ongoing Planned Contraception

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.

Please see the links below for further information on IUCD/IUS and Implants.

Since Dr Hignett retired in March 2019, we are no longer able to offer the intra uterine device (also called a coil or IUCD/IUS) and contraceptive implant fitting.

We are hoping that our Nurse Practitioner Michele Williams will begin training to do the above. In the meantime, should you require this form of contraception, or require it to be removed, please call the Family Planning Clinic on 0800 328 3383 or visit www.yoursexualhealthmatters.org.uk.

What is emergency contraception ? And where to get it

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.

The emergency contraceptive pill is also available over the counter at some pharmacies for which there is a fee.

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 55 years of age.

This is because periods can become irregular before they stop entirely, and pregnancy can still occur during this time.

Methods of Contraception

There are lots of methods to choose from.

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.