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  • Sexual Health:
  • Contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Keeping Safe Online
  • Pregnancy
  • Consent
  • Contraception

    There are a wide range of contraceptive methods to be accessed, all of which we can provide advice on, and information around where these can be started. We understand that you may have your own ideas and wishes around which method you would prefer to use. Therefore, we are happy to look into these with you, taking into account your individual health needs.

    Barrier methods (Condoms, diaphragms, female condom)
    Who: Used by males and females
    How: Prevents the egg and sperm meeting
    Where: Enhanced School Nurse drop in, Contraception and Sexual Health Clinics, chemists, supermarkets, pub toilets
    Use is effected by: Poor technique, storage, oil based products

    Hormonal methods (pills, injection, implant, patches, Inter Uterine System [IUS] and vaginal ring)
    Who: Females
    How: Stops egg from being released from ovaries, thins lining of the uterus and makes plug of mucous to stop sperm swimming through cervix
    Where: Contraception and Sexual Health Clinics, some GPs
    Use is effected by: Certain drugs, poor compliance, illness, vomiting and diarrhoea

    Inter Uterine Device [IUD] (aka the coil)
    Who: Females
    How: Prevents the egg and sperm meeting
    Where: Contraception and Sexual Health Clinics
    Use is effected by: Heavy periods, incorrect fitting

    For more information please see Your Sexual Health Matters

    Emergency Contraception

    Emergency contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex or if the method of contraception used did not work. This might happen if a condom splits, or if a young person vomits after taking the contraceptive pill. School nurses can give out the Emergency Contraceptive pill free of charge to young people. There are two types of pills available to be used as emergency contraception but the sooner it is taken following the sexual activity the more effective it will be. Your school nurse can help you make the right decision as to which pill will be right for you. In addition to this, sometimes an Inter Uterine Device (IUD/Coil) can be used as a method of emergency contraception, this is dependent on the stage of menstrual cycle and when the unprotected sexual intercourse occurred. The school nurse will be able to advise you on whether this is an option for you.

    Young people should note that taking emergency contraception can have an effect on their regular contraception, sometimes up to 3 weeks after taking it and therefore a barrier method of contraception should always be used.

    There are some circumstances where emergency contraception can cause side effects and interact with medication a young person may be taking. There are also specific health checks that need to be completed prior to a young person taking emergency contraception; therefore it is very important that a young person sees a trained health professional for this.

    For more information see Your Sexual Health Matters