General contraceptive advice
All the GPs are trained to discuss all forms of contraception, although if you are specifically interested in the contraceptive Implants or IUDs (Intrauterine Device. A device inside your uterus, also known as coils) we recommend booking with Dr. Thacker, Dr Seyfollahi or Dr Browne as they are trained to fit them (please see below for further information). Dr Doble is able to help with implants but not IUDs. We have specially trained family planning nurses who can be seen if you have already been started on a pill or injection and are not having any problems. They can also help with sexual health screening and smear tests. Free condoms are available on request from the GPs or nurses.
Contraceptive pills, patches, rings and injections (Depo)
All GPs are able to prescribe these and administer the contraceptive injection. If you have been using these for several months or years and have no problems, you can also book to see the nurse for continuing with these forms of contraception.
If you would like a contraceptive implant inserted or removed, you will need to speak to a GP first, and it would be best to do that with a GP who inserts and removes them (Dr. Thacker, Dr Seyfollahi, Dr Browne or Dr Doble).
You can either book a face to face appointment, or a telephone appointment. The GP will discuss what’s involved and will arrange an appointment at a later date to insert or remove. Feel free to book an appointment to discuss even if you are not completely sure of your choice.
Coils and Intrauterine systems (IUS)
If you would like an IUD inserted, you will need to speak to a GP first and it would be best to do that with a GP who inserts them (Dr. Thacker, Dr Seyfollahi, Dr Browne). We recommend booking a face to face appointment for this. The doctor will discuss what’s involved and will arrange an appointment at a later date to insert it if you wish to do so.
Feel free to book anappointment to discuss even if you are not completely sure of your choice.
If you wish to have an IUD or IUS removed, you can book any appointment with the above GPs to do so without a prior appointment. Please be aware if you do not wish to become pregnant you should not have unprotected sex seven days before it is removed.