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I need supplies of contraception

COVID UPDATE December 2020 : Our testing and referral pathways have changed and will continue to change as a result of COVID-19.  We will keep this page updated with current pathways

COVID UPDATE December 2020 : Our testing and access pathways have changed and will continue to change as a result of COVID-19.  We will keep this page updated with current pathways

Contraception can be accessed from the following services:

  • Unity Sexual Health services – see here for details of how to access services during COVID – not all clinics can offer all types of contraception.
    • If they can’t provide the method that you would like, Unity staff will be able to help you find a service that can and offer you an alternative method in the meantime.
  • Your GP or practice nurse
  • Brook
  • Your School nurse
  • NHS walk-in centres
  • Pharmacies (emergency contraception and condoms only)
    • You can find out your nearest pharmacies that provide emergency contraception by texting:
      • Pharmacy emergency contraception [and your post code]’ to 80011
    • You will get a text with the 3 nearest pharmacies with their names, addresses, telephone numbers and distance.
    • Standard text message rates from your provider may apply when using this service.
  • Emergency contraception

    Emergency contraception is used to try to stop pregnancy when there has been unprotected sex (no contraception used) or a contraceptive failure (burst condom, missed pills). It is sometimes known as the “morning after pill”. Emergency contraception is provided by all of our clinics, and is free.

    Your doctor or nurse can advise you on which is the best type of emergency contraception for you.

    You may be offered a copper intrauterine device (IUD, also known as a copper coil) or a tablet, depending on your situation and your preferences.

    It is best to get emergency contraception as soon as possible, so you may prefer to get emergency contraception from:

      • Your GP
      • An NHS walk-in centre
      • A pharmacy – some offer this free if you are under 25
        • You can find out your nearest pharmacies that provide emergency contraception by:
          • Texting ‘Pharmacy emergency contraception [and your post code]’ to 80011
        • You will get a text response with the 3 nearest pharmacies with their names, addresses, telephone numbers and distance from the post code you’ve entered.
        • Standard text message rates from your provider may apply when using this service.

     

  • Condoms

    Sexual health service

    You can pop into any of the sexual health clinics and ask for condoms.

    Click on Locate A Service to find your nearest Sexual health clinic.

    C.Card

    If you are 13-19 you can get free condoms through the C. This is available at Sexual Health clinic, Youth projects, School Drop-Ins, Pharmacies and GP surgeries.

    When you register for a C.Card you will have a confidential appointment with a trained C.Card worker, who will:

    •    Explain the scheme
    •    Teach you the best way to use condoms
    •    Answer any questions you might have
    •    Give you free condoms
    You don’t need to give your name and they won’t tell your parents/guardians that you have been to see them.

     

    If you already have a C.Card, you can go to any C.Card point and pick up free condoms. You can do this 10 times before you need a new card.

    Click here to find your nearest C:Card point in Bristol.
    Click here to find your nearest C:Card point in North Somerset.
    Click here to find your nearest C:Card point in South Gloucestershire.
    For more information on C.Card click here
    COVID UPDATE December 2020 : Some C card outlets are not operating as usual. It is best to ring ahead if the service is running.
  • Copper Coil (Intra-uterine Device IUD)

    An IUD is a coil without hormones.

    You can get an IUD fitted at the following places:

    •  Your GP (if there is someone at your practice who fits them)
    • Unity Sexual Health services

    If you do decide to have an IUD fitted please read our leaflet “Practical advice before you have an IUD fitted” to give you helpful tips on how to make the procedure run as smoothly as possible.

    It would be helpful if you completed a brief self-assessment to make sure that you are adequately prepared for the procedure. This form is found at the bottom of this page. You may wish to print off this form and bring it with you to your appointment.

  • Hormone-releasing coil (Intra-uterine System IUS)

    An IUS is a coil with hormones.

    You can get an IUS fitted at the following places:

    • Your GP (if there is someone at your practice who fits them)
    • Unity Sexual Health service (If you are under 20 years old you do not need to be referred by your GP. If you are over 20 years old you will need to ask your GP for a referral letter)

    You can get further information about the IUS from the FPA website (see the link below).

    If you do decide to have an IUS fitted, please read our leaflet “Practical advice before you have an IUS fitted” (see the link below) to give you helpful tips on how to make the appointment run as smoothly as possible.

    It would be helpful if you completed a brief self-assessment to make sure that you are properly prepared for the coil fit. This form is found at the bottom of this page. You may wish to print off this form and bring it with you to your appointment.

  • Implant

    The contraceptive implant is a small flexible rod containing hormones

     

    See the link below for the video transcript.

    You can get an implant fitted at the following places:

    • Your GP (if there is someone at your practice who fits them)
    • Unity Sexual Health services (you may need a referral letter from your GP)
    • Brook (if you are under 20 years old)

  • Injection

    The contraceptive injection contains a hormone.

    There are 3 different contraceptive injections available in the UK:

    • Depo-Provera
    • Sayana Press
    • Noristerat (This is not commonly used.)

    You can get  Depo-Provera or  Sayana Press from your GP or one of the Unity Sexual Health clinics.

  • Combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP)

    The combined oral contraceptive pill is sometimes just called “the pill”, or the COCP . It contains two hormones: estrogen and progestogen. You can get the COCP or POP  from your GP, or from one of the Unity Sexual Health clinics.

     

    Please see below for the video transcript (Video transcript- COC- An introduction)

    You can get the COCP or POP  from your GP, or from one of the Unity Sexual Health clinics.

  • Progestogen-only pill (POP) or mini-pill

    Progestogen-only pills (POPs) contain a progestogen hormone.

    You can get the POP  from your GP, or from one of the Unity Sexual Health clinics.

  • Patch

    The contraceptive transdermal patch (CTP) contains two hormones: estrogen and progestogen.

    The patch is not widely available at Unity sexual health or its partner organisations.  Women who have bowel problems causing diarrhoea, or those who can’t swallow a pill, may be considered.  You are welcome to come and talk to us about it. Your GP may be able to prescribe it, if they feel it is the best method for you.

  • Vaginal Ring

    The combined vaginal ring (CVR) contains two hormones: estrogen and progestogen.

    The ring is not widely available Unity sexual health or its partner organisations.  Women who have bowel problems causing diarrhoea, or those who can’t swallow a pill, may be considered.  You are welcome to come and talk to us about it. Your GP may be able to prescribe it, if they feel it is the best method for you.

  • Fertility Awareness Methods

    Fertility awareness methods (FAMs) cover a diverse range of methods:

    • Calendar-based methods
    • Observation-based methods (using one or more indicators of fertility)
    • Technology-based methods which include urinary hormone test kits and monitors.

    Fertility UK has some very helpful and detailed information on FAMs, as well as downloadable charts to help you get started.

    If you are motivated to use FAMs alone, it is highly advisable that you consult with an experienced practitioner. You can find your nearest practitioner here. This is a private service that may incur a charge.

  • Fertility Apps

    Fertility or menstrual apps for smartphones are not licensed in the UK for use for contraception. Their use is NOT supported by the national Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists or Fertility UK.

     

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