Shepherds Spring Medical Centre

Contraceptive Advice & Sexual Health

Emergency contraception

The sooner you act after having unprotected sex, the better. Emergency contraception is a way of preventing pregnancy after you have had sex without using contraception or when contraception has failed. If you take emergency contraception (morning-after pill) or have an intrauterine device (coil) fitted within 5 days it will usually prevent pregnancy.

Emergency contraception does not cause an abortion and it does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Please note that emergency contraception (morning after pill) can be obtained from most Pharmacies.

The doctors offer advice on all forms of contraception and some fit coils.

The pill: Routine pill checks are performed by the nurses every 6-12 months.

Emergency Contraception: There are 2 kinds of emergency contraception pill, one within 72 hrs and one with 120 hrs. Also a Copper IUD (coil) can be offered where appropriate. Make an appointment to see the duty doctor asap to discuss the best method for you.

Choice of contraception

“Where can I get contraception?” – “Which method of contraception suits me?” – “I’m under 16, can I get contraception?” Whatever questions you have about getting and using contraception, this guide can help.

Watch this video about the types of contraception available on the NHS

Who to book an appointment with

All of our Doctors can prescribe pills, rings, patches and injections. For further information please contact the Practice.