Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, we may only able to see people for emergency care.
We appreciate that nobody wants an unplanned pregnancy, so here is some important information:
If you require emergency contraception (‘morning after pill’), speak to your your local pharmacist or your GP. If you cannot get emergency contraception there, contact us for an appointment. Let the receptionist know that it is for emergency contraception.
If you normally get your regular contraception from your GP, then continue to do so as your GP is contracted to provide this service.
COMBINED HORMONAL & PROGESTOGEN ONLY (mini-pill) CONTRACEPTION
If you are running out of your pill, patch or ring and you don’t usually see your GP or you can’t get in to your GP, you can contact us on 01623 672260 to arrange a telephone consultation. At that time we will explain how you will get your medicines.
Info on missed COCP: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/miss-combined-pill/
Info on missed POP: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception/miss-progestogen-only-pill/
If you are on an injectable contraception, remember it is effective for 14 weeks from your last injection. Contact us on 01623 672260 to arrange a telephone consultation for your next injection. If you have used SayanaPress recently you may then be able to pick up a limited supply, or you may discuss an alternative contraceptive option.
IMPLANTS / COILS
Please note that we are beginning to re-introduce to the service the routine change of intrauterine methods or implants. This is a slow process as we continue to have limited face to face appointments.
An implant may be used for up to 4 years and the risk of pregnancy after 3 years is likely very low. If you feel concerned or your implant has been in place for over 4 years, contact the service for a telephone consultation.
If you use a copper coil (IUD) and were advised that this works for 5 years, then keep it for now, use condoms alongside and contact us after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. If you were advised that you have a 10-year coil then you don’t need to do anything now, again contact us after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted - unless you have had your coil for longer than 12 years. If you were age 40 or over when you had your copper coil fitted you do not need to do anything, it will last until after menopause.
If you have a hormonal coil fitted (IUS), then it depends on the type.
- If you have one called Mirena or Levosert for less than 6 years, contact us after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.
- If you have one called Jaydess (3 years) or Kyleena (5 years) that are running out, contact us for a telephone consultation to obtain additional contraception.
- If you were age 45 or over when you had your Mirena or Levosert fitted they can remain until age 55. However, if you are using them as part of HRT, then your GP needs to change your HRT to a form that is called "combined HRT".
My-Sexual-Health provides the full range of reversible contraception methods, including emergency contraception, along with confidential information and advice on sexual health issues.
Condoms help to protect against STIs and pregnancy, so whatever other method of contraception you are using to prevent pregnancy, use condoms as well to protect you and your partner’s health.
Whether you access the service via the central booking line or as a walk-in at a sexual health service site, you will be triaged by one of our reception staff. This means that they will ask you a short list of questions to identify where you might be best seen. People who have no problems with their contraception and just require repeat supplies or injections can usually be seen at any site, whereas people who have problems with their contraception may need an appointment at a specific site.
You can access contraception information and support at all our My-Sexual-Health clinics across mid-Nottinghamshire.
Our contraception service includes:
- Long-acting reversible [LARC] contraception (ie injection, implant and intrauterine contraception)
- Contraceptive pills, patches and vaginal rings
- Information about female and male sterilisation
- Management of contraception problems
- Emergency contraception: if you have sex without using contraception or think that your contraception might have failed
- Free condoms and lube for men and women of all ages (condoms help protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections)
- Free pregnancy testing for those concerned about an unplanned pregnancy.