As you progress through life, your needs might change and you may be unsure if your current method of contraception is still right for you. At our contraception clinic, we can help you explore your options, explain the advantages and disadvantages of each form of contraception, and help you make the right choice for your individual needs.
Methods of contraception
A wide range of contraceptive methods is available. Some are for use on a daily basis, while others can provide ongoing protection for months or even years. These long-term reversible methods are ideal if you are not planning to have a baby in the near future. If you change your mind, however, your fertility will return to normal quite quickly once they are removed.
Oral pills: The progestogen-only pill contains one hormone while the combined oral contraceptive pill contains oestrogen and progesterone. You need to remember to take contraceptive pills on a daily basis.
Contraceptive patch: The contraceptive transdermal patch is like a plaster that sticks to your skin and releases two hormones. It works on a weekly basis.
Contraceptive ring: The contraceptive vaginal ring is a flexible, transparent device which sits inside the vagina and releases two hormones. You need to remove the old ring and replace it with a new one every month.
Contraceptive injection: This method injects a small amount of a single hormone under the skin. The hormone is slowly released and protects you against pregnancy for 13 weeks. You must remember to book an appointment to receive your next injection on time.
Contraceptive implant: The implant is a small, flexible rod that is inserted under the skin in your upper arm by an experienced doctor. This slowly releases a small amount of a single hormone to protect against pregnancy for three years. The rod is then removed by a doctor but you can have a new rod inserted if you wish.
Copper intrauterine device (IUD or coil): The copper IUD is a small plastic and copper device that is gently inserted into the womb by an experienced specialist. It provides contraception for five to 10 years, depending on which type is used. The IUD is then removed by a doctor and you can have a new one inserted if needed.
Intrauterine system (IUS or hormone coil): The IUS is a small plastic device that is gently inserted into the womb by a gynaecologist. The IUS releases a single hormone and provides contraceptive protection for three to five years, depending on the type. The IUS must then be removed by a doctor and, if required, can be replaced.
At our contraception clinic, a family planning specialist will assess your medical history and personal wishes to identify which options are suitable for you. They can also provide advice on natural fertility awareness methods, condoms, and emergency contraception.
Contraception after childbirth
When you’ve just had a baby, contraception may be the last thing on your mind. However it is possible to become pregnant again immediately, even before your periods have returned. Our experts can help you choose the right method of contraception for your circumstances, especially if you are breastfeeding.
Contraception around the menopause
Although you are usually less fertile by the time you reach your 40s, pregnancy can occur even after your periods have stopped. Our birth control specialist can advise on the best types of contraception for this time of life and tell you when you can stop using contraception.
Visit with a birth control specialist at our contraception clinic in London
We’re on hand to provide specialist contraception care at our clinic. To find out how our private contraception clinic can help you, call us on 020 7244 4200 or book an appointment online.