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
We no longer offer the service of fitting and IUD (coil), if this would be your preferred method of contraception you can book an appointment either online at www.yoursexualhealthmatters.org.uk or by telephone on 0800 328 3383 at the Family Planning Clinic located at Swadlincote Health Centre. This clinic operates on Wednesdays between 11:00 and 19:00. This is a service which you will need to be booked into.
The above service is only able to offer patients a coil fitting for contraception purposes only.
Sister Michele Williams is currently undergoing training in regards to fitting and removing implants, please contact the surgery if you wish to opt for this method of contraception where we can put you down for a telephone call from the Nurse Practitioner to discuss further. We hope this training is complete by April 2020.
Information on IUD Information on IUS Information on Implants
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, DIAPHRAGMS and coils. Unfortunately we are not able to prescribe condoms. We refer to another service for male and female sterilisation.