Are you or someone you know in need of advice about contraception? With all the different methods available nowadays, it can be hard to know what’s right for you. Some methods of contraception are said to have side effects, others sound unpleasant – but is this really the case? Many men and women have have felt apprehension and uncertainty about these important questions at some point in their lives, so who and where can you go to for a professional opinion?
Your Local Pharmacy
As well as offering advice on medicines and how to take them, pharmacists can also offer confidential advice on a number of health issues, including contraception. Many pharmacies are now equipped with private consultation rooms, where you can have a confidential discussion about any concerns you may have in complete confidence. You can find your nearest pharmacy by clicking here.
The NHS Choices website has a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about contraception. This information will help you make an informed decision and explores everything from the different types of contraception to where you need to go.
Your GP Surgery
Your GP will also be able to provide you with advice on contraception, but be aware that a lot of this information is widely available without taking time out of your day to see a doctor, so the NHS Choices website and your local pharmacy is best as a first point of call.
Sexual Health Clinics
As well as advice on contraception, Sexual Health Clinics offer advice on contraceptive and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing services. Sexual Health Clinics are widely available and you can search for your nearest clinic by clicking here.
The Department of Health has a Sexual Health Helpline which you can call on: 0300 123 7123
What if I need emergency contraception out of hours?
If you do find yourself in the position of needing out of hours emergency contraception, you can find a pharmacy outside of normal opening hours by searching here. You can also call 111, where you will be put through to a team of highly trained advisors and experienced nurses and paramedics, who will be able to inform you of your nearest pharmacy or direct you to an appropriate service such as the GP out of hours service.