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Various types of contraception are available, although we don't do coils and implants at the surgery. Please make an appointment with the nurse or a doctor. All contraceptive advice is completely confidential for all of our patients. Using condoms provides you with protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, eg HIV. These are available free at the surgery and sexual health clinics.
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The intrauterine system (IUS) is a very effective method of contraception. It is also used to treat heavy periods (menorrhagia). It sits inside the womb (uterus). Once fitted, it works as a contraceptive for five years. Most women who use an IUS have no problems with it. It is sometimes called a 'hormone coil' because in the 1960s some intrauterine contraceptives were coil-shaped. Mirena® is the name of the only IUS available in the UK.
The contraceptive implant is a small flexible tube about 40mm long that's inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It's inserted by a trained professional, such as a doctor, and lasts for three years.
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Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed, for example if your condom has split or if you've missed a pill. This page gives details about the two types: IUD (coil) or emergency contraceptive pill.
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