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Sexual Health services in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

Contraception

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Contraception is used to prevent unplanned pregnancies. There are many types to choose from and different methods suit different people. Some require a procedure to have them fitted and removed.

Condoms are the only method of contraception which will protect you against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Implant

A small rod which releases the hormone progestogen is placed in the upper arm under the skin

  • Over 99% effective
  • Lasts up to 3 years
  • Periods can be irregular or stop completely

Read more about the contraceptive implant on the nhs.uk website

Injection

Progestogen is injected into the buttock (bum cheek)

  • Over 99% effective
  • Lasts for 8-13 weeks
  • Periods may be lighter or stop

Read more about the contraceptive injection on the nhs.uk website

IUS (also known as the coil)

A small T-shaped plastic device is placed in the uterus

  • Over 99% effective
  • Lasts up to 5 years
  • Periods may be lighter or stop
  • Fitting can be uncomfortable

Read more about the IUS on the nhs.uk website

IUD (also known as the copper coil)

A small plastic and copper device is placed in the uterus

  • Over 99% effective
  • Lasts for 5-10 years
  • Periods may be heavier/longer
  • Fitting can be uncomfortable

Read more about the IUD on the nhs.uk website

Condoms (for penis)

Thin latex or plastic sheath is put over the erect penis

  • 98% effective if used properly
  • Protects against STIs
  • Need to remember before sex

Read more about the condoms for penises on the nhs.uk website

Condoms (for vagina)

Thin plastic sheath that lines the vagina and covers the outer area of the vagina

  • 95% effective if used correctly
  • Protects against STIs
  • Need to remember before sex
  • Periods won’t change

Read more about condoms for vaginas on the nhs.uk website

Combined pill

The pill contains oestrogen and progestogen and is taken orally

  • 99% effective with perfect use, 91% effective with typical use
  • You need to take it every day around the same time
  • Can reduce period pain and bleeding
  • You can get this from your GP or from a sexual health clinic

Read more about the combined pill on the nhs.uk website

Progestogen-only pill (POP)

The pill contains progestogen and is taken orally

  • 99% effective with perfect use, 91% effective with typical use
  • You need to take it every day at the same time
  • Can reduce period pain and bleeding
  • You can get this from your GP or from a sexual health clinic

Read more about the mini pill on the nhs.uk website

Patch

A small, thin, beige coloured patch, which you stick on your skin and it releases oestrogen and progestogen.

  • 99% effective with perfect use, 91% effective with typical use
  • You have to change the patch once a week
  • May make periods more regular, lighter and less painful

Read more about the contraceptive patch on the nhs.uk website

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