Contraception

Your GP surgery provides you with free contraceptives (it is a free prescription), and some surgeries offer long acting reversible contraception (LARC) such as Coil (IUD/IUS), injection and implant. They can also remove and/or replace these if you wish to change your type of contraception.

All of these types of contraception including IUD/S are available to you regardless of your age or if you have been pregnant before. The FPA website can help you decide on which is best for you. It provides information on the different types and methods of contraception.

All GPs can screen you for chlamydia and gonorrhoea if you are sexually active AND under 25 year old. GPs can test you for HIV whatever your age.

GPs are the place you need to go for your regular smear test (cervical screening). You do not need to be sexually active to have this done. The test looks for early signs of abnormalities in cells than can lead to cancer so it is important to attend.

  • For 24 to 49 year old this needs to have this done every 3 years
  • For people aged 50 to 64 years old this needs to be done every 5 years

Your local pharmacy 

Pharmacies in the borough provide emergency contraception (EHC or morning after pill) which prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. These pills are effective for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. 

See Sexual health advice for young people to see the services pharmacies can offer.