There are currently 13 methods of contraception available in the UK and it is worth taking some time to decide which suits you the best. All the doctors at the practice are able to help you decide which method is right for you and information leaflets on all methods are available in our information room at Chiddingfold Surgery or in the waiting room at Dunsfold Branch Surgery. Alternatively comprehensive information is available on the family planning association website
If you have had unprotected sex i.e sex without using contraception, or you think your contraception might have failed e.g split condom, forgotten to take your “pill” you can use emergency contraception.
If you are in need of emergency contraception please ring and ask for an URGENT appointment (if asked please let the receptionist know you need emergency contraception). It is important to be seen as soon as possible after the episode of unprotected intercourse. If you need to get emergency contraception when the surgery is closed you can visit a local pharmacy that may be able to provide emergency contraception to you or alternatively contact NHS direct or our out of hours service.
LARC - Long -acting reversible contraception
These are methods that do not depend on you remembering to take or use them. Methods include the
The IUD – coil
The IUS - Mirena coil
Dr Cameron-Blackie is trained to fit and remove coils and Dr Shorter is trained to insert and remove implants. the doctors provide these services in specific coil/implant appointments jointly with the Practice nurse. If you are interested in having a coil or implant please discuss this with any of the doctors who will provide you with more information and specific advice prior to your “fitting” appointment.
Repeat Contraceptive injections can be given by our practice nurses.
These methods contain oestrogen and progesterone or progesterone alone. They include:
The Combined Pill
The Progesterone only pill – “mini pill”
The contraceptive patch
The contraceptive ring
Please discuss these methods with any of the doctors at the
Male and female condoms – available free from your local family planning clinic or available for purchase
Diaphragms and Caps
Male and female sterilisation are permanent methods of contraception suited for individuals who are certain they do not want any/any more children. Any of the doctors at the surgery can provide you with details about these procedures and are able to refer you for NHS or Private sterilisation.
Natural Family Planning
This is a method where a woman closely monitors her menstrual cycle to identify her fertile and infertile times. She can then have sex when there is no risk of pregnancy.