Contraceptive Advice

Emergency contraception

The sooner you act after having unprotected sex, the better. Emergency contraception is a way of preventing pregnancy after you have had sex without using contraception or when contraception has failed. If you take the emergency contraception (pill) or have an intrauterine device (coil) fitted within 5 days it will usually prevent pregnancy. Emergency contraception does not cause an abortion. Emergency contraception does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections. Please note the Emergency contraception (morning after pill) can be obtained from most Pharmacies.

Routine contraception

“Where can I get contraception?” “Which method of contraception suits me?” “I’m under 16 – can I get contraception?” Whatever questions you have about getting and using contraception, this guide can help.

Watch this video on the types of contraception available on the NHS

Who to book an appointment with:

The doctors and practice nurses are happy to give advice on contraception and family planning to teenagers and adults, whether male or female. All consultations for contraceptive advice are of course confidential.  All the GP’s provide family planning services, including prescribing of oral contraception, (“The Pill” and “The Mini Pill”).  Our practice nurses can also see patients for any necessary reviews of their contraception. Drs McDougall & Macaulay also offer fitting of intra uterine contraceptive devices (“The Coil”).  Drs McDougall & Macaulay also insert and remove Implanon. 

Same day consultations are available with the practice nurses or GPs for emergency contraception.