Contraception

We can provide information and advice on a range of contraception and offer free chlamydia screening at our clinics for anyone under the age of 25 years old.

NUPAS in the north west of England promotes the sexual health of men, women and young people.

Female contraception

There are a number of forms of female contraception:

Pills – These are small tablets containing oestrogen and/or progestogen which are similar to the natural hormones women produce in their ovaries.

Contraceptive Patch – The contraceptive patch, also called Evra. It is a small beige patch applied to the skin like a sticky plaster which protects against pregnancy. It contains the same hormones as the pill, oestrogen and progestogen.

Injection – An injection containing the hormone progestogen that prevents pregnancy.

Implant – A small flexible rod that is about the size of a hairgrip, that is insterted under the skin and releases progestogen hormone that prevents pregnancy.

Intrauterine system (IUS) – An IUS is a small plastic ‘T’ shaped contraceptive device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is also called Mirena.

Coil or Intrauterine Device – An IUD is a small plastic or copper ‘T’ shaped device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy, by releasing copper into the body.

Natural Family Planning – Natural family planning (also known as fertility awareness method) is when a woman uses her menstrual cycle to identify when she is most fertile

Sterilisation
Also known as tubal ligation. This procedure involves blocking or cutting of the fallopian tubes.

Contact NUPAS if you’d like advice on the different contraception options.

Male contraception

There are a number of forms of contraception that men can use:

Male Condoms – a condom is a barrier that stops sperm reaching and fertilising an egg. They are the only method of contraception to provide protection from sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).

Vasectomy.It is a simple surgical procedure that stops sperm being ejaculated from the penis during sex. It is a permanent method.

Withdrawl Method – Some men use withdrawal to try to prevent pregnancy. They pull their penis out of their partner’s vagina before ejaculating. However, this is not a recommended method of contraception as sperm can be released from the penis before ejaculation.

Contact NUPAS if you’d like advice on the different options.

Emergency contraception

The emergency contraceptive pill, also known as ‘the morning after pill’, should be taken within three days (72 hours) of having unprotected sex. It is more effective the sooner it is taken. An intrauterine device can be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

You can get emergency contraception from:

contracteptive clinics
Brook centres
some pharmacies (find pharmacies near you)
most sexual health clinics
most NHS walk-in centres or urgent care centres
most GP surgeries
some hospital accident and emergence departments

What to do if your contraception fails

If you find that your contraceptive has failed (or if you had unprotected sex), you can talk to us. We are here to help with advice and information on what you can do. If you find that you have an unplanned pregnancy we can provide you with guidance and support to help you decide on what to do.