Contraception

Contraception

The Universal Contraceptive Scheme provides free contraceptive services for all women aged 17 to 30.

There are a number of options when it comes to contraception. During a contraception consultation we will help you choose the most suitable form of contraception to fit your current needs safely.

The different forms of contraception we can offer include:

    • Emergency – Morning after pill
    • Combined (oestrogen and progesterone) contraception
      • Combined oral contraception pill
      • Evra patch
      • Nuva ring
    • Progesterone only pill
    • Depo injection
    • Implanon (“the bar”)
    • Intrauterine Device (“the coil”)

Emergency

The ‘morning after pill’ is most effective within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse.

Combined Hormonal Contraception

  • The Combined Pill is taken daily. There are a large selection of pills on the market giving a large choice to choose from.
  • The Evra Patch is applied weekly to the skin and can be useful for those with a busy lifestyle that may forget a daily pill.
  • The Nuva Ring is inserted into the vagina and remains in place for 3 weeks. Again, it can be useful for those with a busy lifestyle that may forget a daily or weekly contraception.

Progesterone Only Pill

This pill is also known as the “mini pill” as it contains only one hormone, progesterone. It is used when combined hormonal contraception is not suitable and it is taken daily without a break.

Depo-Provera Injection

This is a progesterone injection given into the buttock every 12 weeks.

Implanon

“The bar” is a thin plastic rod-shaped device 4cm long inserted into the upper inner arm. It contains progesterone which is released slowly over 3 years.

Intra Uterine Devices

The Mirena Coil or Kyleena Coil are very effective long-term forms of hormonal contraception. They are inserted into the uterus and last for a minimum of 5 years. They deliver very low dose hormone that acts locally on the uterus reducing side effects. They can also be used as a treatment for heavy periods.