Contraception

There are many methods of contraception to choose from and it is worth taking the time to find out more about each one so that you can choose contraception that suits you. There are two methods of contraception specifically for men – the male condom (FREE from Choices and the Orchard Centre) and male sterilisation – and 13 for women. Always think about using condoms if you are concerned about STI’s.

Contraception is now FREE for Under 21’s

If you have been given a prescription for contraception by your GP, you can bring it to Choices or the Orchard centre to obtain your contraception for FREE

Emergency Contraception

If you have had sex without contraception, including the withdrawal method, or think your method might have failed, there are different types of emergency contraception you can use. Timing is important- the sooner it is taken the more effective it is.

Clinic staff will be happy to help with this and will also advise on restarting your contraception or choosing the right contraception for you to reduce your future unwanted pregnancy risk.

Emergency Contraception is now FREE for Under 21’s

Pregnancy Testing

A pregnancy test should ideally be carried out on an early morning specimen of urine, that is the very first one in the morning when you get up, as it contains the most hormones to test. Pregnancy test are accurate from three weeks after an episode of unprotected sex.

We offer FREE pregnancy tests at the Choices clinic.

Counselling

Choices offers free confidential counselling to women who are thinking of ending a pregnancy, and to women who have had an abortion either recently or in the past.

Cervical Screening

Cervical screening (smear test) is an early detection test for cervical cancer. It can show up abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix caused by high risk HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) before a cancer develops and before there are any outward signs.

If you have never had a cervical screening test have one now!

STI Testing

Sexually Transmitted Infections are common and many people don’t know that they have them as they may not have any symptoms. They can easily pass from person to person, especially if you have sexual contact without using a condom and not knowing if either of you have an infection. If they are left untreated they can cause problems in the future such as infertility problems in women and prostate and testicular problems in men.

Self testing packs are available to collect for 16-25 year olds