Doctors, nurses and health advisors at our sexual health clinics are trained to provide advice about and prescribe contraception, including:

  • Condoms
  • Emergency contraception (EHC)
  • Oral contraceptive pill
  • Contraceptive injection (Depo)
  • Implants
  • IUS or IUDs (also known as the coil)
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Help and advice about unplanned pregnancy
  • Referral for termination of pregnancy

Condoms

Condoms are available free from sexual health clinics. If you are under-25 and live in Oxfordshire, you can also register for the safety c-card scheme to get free condoms from a variety of outlets, including some youth centres, schools, colleges and pharmacies.

Emergency contraception

Emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) is a type of contraception that can be taken after you have had unprotected sex and are worried that you might get pregnant. It is also sometimes called the ‘morning after pill’. The EHC can be taken up to 72 hours after you have had unprotected sex but the earlier you take it, the better it works. If you choose to have a coil fitted, you can have this done up to 5 days after having unprotected sex.

You can get emergency contraception from lots of places, including:

  • Your doctor or another GP surgery
  • Most pharmacies (chemists)
    • Young women aged under 21 can get EHC free of charge from some Oxfordshire chemists. See http://oxme.info/cms/health/emergency-contraception for a list of pharmacies. You can also buy emergency contraception over the counter from a chemist if you are over 16.
  • Some school nurses
  • Any sexual health clinic

Because it is important to take EHC as soon as possible after sex, you should request an emergency appointment or explain that you need EHC.

Pregnant and need advice?

We can arrange for a pregnancy test if you haven’t already done one and offer counselling regarding your options. We can also refer you for an abortion should you decide that is what you want to do. For more information see: http://www.bpas.org.