Locala cannot guarantee the accuracy of this translation service.

Important information about your Implant and Coil fitting appointments, please read before you attend:

Contraceptive Implant appointments (PDF)
Contraceptive Implant removal appointment (PDF)

 

 

Condoms (Male & Female)

Condoms (Male & Female)

The Male condom is worn on the penis to prevent pregnancy and STI's, the female version is a barrier method used in the same style as a diaphragm/cap.

When used correctly they are around 98% successful for men and 95% successful for women. The advantages include avoiding hormones and the method also helps protect against STI's.

More information can be found here.

Contraceptive Implant

Contraceptive Implant

A small flexible rod which is fitted in the arm just under the layer of skin, it achieves an efficiency rate of 99%, it's a very effective method of contraception which is quickly reversible if needed. It can last up to 3 years and is useful for women who cannot remember their contraception. The main issues with Implants is that providing or removing an implant must be performed by a trained healthcare professional.

More information can be found here.

Contraceptive Patch

Contraceptive Patch

The Patch contains estrogen and progestogen, it is applied once a week for 3 weeks with an efficiency rate of 99% if used correctly. It's a small, thin, beige coloured patch about 5cm x 5cm in size.

More information can be found here.

Diaphragms/Caps

Diaphragms/Caps

Diaphragms/caps are a female method of contraception and are used inside the vagina to cover the cervix. This method is useful for those who wish to avoid hormones. They can be awkward to use but if used with spermicide which can be messy, have an efficiency rating of 92 - 96%.

More information can be found here.

The Coil - Intrauterine Device (IUD)

The Coil - Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Intrauterine device that is fitted into the uterus, being a long term contraception method it is 99% effective, and is useful for women who don't want to take hormones. Some side effects may include heavier, longer or more painful periods. As well as removal and insertion to be performed by trained healthcare professional.

More information can be found here.

Long-acting Reversible Contraception

Long-acting Reversible Contraception

There are multiple methods of LARC. The methods below are all described in different sections on this page.

  • Contraceptive implant
  • Contraceptive injection
  • Intrauterine Device
  • Intrauterine System

More information can also be found here.

Progestogen Only Pills

Progestogen Only Pills

The progestogen-only pill (POP) contains a progestogen hormone which is similar to the natural progesterone women produce in their ovaries.

POPs are different to combined pills because they do not contain any estrogen.

More information on the Progestogen only pill can be found here.

Combined Pills

Combined Pills

The combined pill or the "pill" contains two hormones - estrogen and progestrogen. These are similar to the natural hormones women produce in their ovaries. The pill is 99% effective if taken regularly and used correctly. It works by preventing egg release. This method of contraception wouldn't be suitable for women with high blood pressure or women over 35 who smoke.

More information can be found here.

Contraceptive Injections

Contraceptive Injections

An injection containing Progestogen injected into a muscle every 12 weeks. This type of contraception is over 99% effective and is very useful for women who struggle to remember their contraception. The issue with this contraception is that it can't be immediately reversed in the event of side effects and it can also take some time for fertility to return to normal.

More information can be found here.

Contraceptive Vaginal Ring

Contraceptive Vaginal Ring

The contraceptive vaginal ring is a flexible, transparent, plastic ring. it is placed in the vagina where it releases two hormones - estrogen and progestrogen.

More information can be found here.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

If you have had unprotected sex, that is, sex without using contraception, or think your contraception might have failed, you can use emergency contraception.

The three types of contraception:

  • Emergency pill, Levonelle
  • Emegrency pill, ellaOne
  • Emergency IUD

More information can be found here.

Intrauterine System (IUS)

Intrauterine System (IUS)

An IUS is a small T-shaped plastic device that is put into your uterus (womb) and releases a progestogen hormone. This is similar to the natural progesterone that women produce in their ovaries.

More information can be found here.

Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning

Using natural methods as a course of contraception avoids devices and hormones and can be used throughout all stages of life, it involves recognising fertile and infertile times of your cycle to plan when to avoid intercourse.

If used perfectly it can be 96% successful. The issues around this method are that it can take a long time to learn effectively, stresses or illness can affect the method considerably. This method requires high level of motivation and planning to be a success.

More information can be found here.

Sterilisation (Male & Female)

Sterilisation (Male & Female)

In female sterilisation (tubal occlusion) this is done by cutting, sealing or blocking the fallopian tubes which carry an egg from the ovary to the uterus (womb).

In male sterilisation this is done by cutting and sealing or tying the vas deferens (the tube that carries sperm from the testicles to the penis). This is called vasectomy.

Sterilisation is a permanent method of contraception that involves no hormones. Sterilisation is not easily reversed nor is it immediately effective. It does also require an operation.

More information on sterilisation can be found here.