Family Planning Clinics
Dr Flowerdew provides a family planning services which include coil and implant fitting and removal.
If you would like to discuss family planning matter please contact the practice and make a 20-minute initial appointment with Dr Flowerdew. You may be advised to re-attend for a further appointment for the appropriate treatment or follow-up.
Contraception is free for most people in the UK. With 15 methods tochoose from, you'll find one that suits you.
Contraceptive methods allow you to choose when and if you want to have ababy, but they don’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).Condoms help to protect against STIs and pregnancy, so whatever other method ofcontraception you're using to prevent pregnancy, use condoms as well to protectyour and your partner’s health.
Where to get it
Contraceptive services are free and confidential, including to peopleunder 16 as long as they are mature enough to understand the information and decisionsinvolved. There are strict guidelines to for care professionals who work withpeople under 16.
You can get contraception free from:
- most GP surgeries (talk to your GP or practice nurse),
- community contraceptive clinics,
- some genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics,
- sexual health clinics (these offer contraceptive and STI testing services), and
- some young people’s services (call 0800 567123).
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Many of these places also offer information, testing and treatment forSTIs. If you've been exposed to the risk of pregnancy, you're also at risk ofcatching an STI.
Before you make an appointment, make sure you’re as informed as possibleabout the contraceptive options available. People’s choice of contraception mayvary over time, depending on their lifestyle and circumstances.
Contraception and menopause
Women who have sex with men and don't want to get pregnant need to keepon using contraception until they haven't had a period for more than 12 months(menopause).
This is because periods can become irregular before they stop entirely,and pregnancy can still occur during this time. Find out more about menopause.
The methods of contraception
There are lots of methods to choose from, so don't be put off if thefirst thing you use isn't quite right for you; you can try another. You canread about each of the different methods of contraception by visiting thesepages:
· Combined pill
· Condoms (female)
· Condoms (male)
· Contraceptive implant
· Contraceptive injection
· Contraceptive patch
· Intrauterine device (IUD)
· Intrauterine system (IUS)
· Natural family planning
· Progestogen-only pill
· Vaginal ring
There are two permanent methods of contraception:
· Female sterilisation.
· Male sterilisation (vasectomy).
To find your nearest contraception clinic you can use the NHS Choices service search.Enter your postcode, click 'search', then click 'contraception'.
You can also look in the phone book under 'sexual health', or use the fpa clinic finder.
You can find out more about each type of contraception by contacting:
· fpa on 0845 122 8690.
· Brook Advisory Service (for under-25s) on 0808 802 1234.
In addition to your chosen method of contraception,you need to use condoms to prevent STIs. Always buy condoms that have the CEmark on the packet. This means that they've been tested to the high Europeansafety standards. Condoms that don't have the CE mark won't meet thesestandards, so don't use them.