This is a confidential service for all patients, including people under 16 providing they are mature enough to understand the information and decisions involved. There are strict guidelines for care professionals who work with people under 16.
At Heartwood Medical Practice, the Practice Nurses and Doctors offer advice on all different methods of contraception. Dr Muogbo has undertaken extra training to enable her to fit intra-uterine devices (also known as a coil or IUD) and Dr Somarajan has undertaken extra training to enable her to fit contraceptive implants. They are happy to discuss any of these methods further if you are considering any of these options. You can read more about the different methods of contraception by visiting the websites below:
Heartwood Medical Practice offers many methods of contraception, other than caps and diaphragms, and offer sexual health advice too, please see the sexual health page on this website.
You can also visit the local family planning clinic, which is held at Swadlincote Health Centre, for contraceptive advice and emergency contraception. We refer to another service for male and female sterilisation.
Emergency contraception can be used up to 5 days after having unprotected sex, but its more effective the sooner you take it. It can be used if contraception fails eg a condom splits or a pill is forgotten or taken late or if no contraception is used at all. There are 3 forms of emergency contraception:
- The emergency intrauterine device (IUD) - virtually 100% effective
- The emergency contraceptive pill (EC pill) - Levonelle
- The emergency contraceptive pill - ellaOne
Visit the following website to find out more on emergency contraception:
Contraception and the Menopause
Women who dont want to get pregnant must keep on using contraception until they havent had a period for more than 12 months if they are over 50 years of age. If they are under 50 years of age they should carry on using contraception until they havent had a period for more than 24 months. Most women can stop using contraception around the age of 54. To find out more about the menopause please visit the following websites: