Contraception
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Contraception

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Contraception

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Contraception

Contraception

Introduction

Contraception is important; it aims to prevent unplanned pregnancy. It is free to most people in the UK and with several methods to choose from, you can find the one that suits you best.

Our service offers all the major forms of contraception and can provide information and advice on the options available to you.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

If you have had sex without using contraception, or you think your contraception has failed, you may be able to use the emergency contraception. This often referred to as the Morning after Pill.

This is available from our clinics and pharmacies, there are three types of emergency contraception:

Levonelle (Levonorgestrel)

Is a type of emergency contraceptive pill can be taken within three days (72 hours) of unprotected sex.  Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic hormone that prevents unwanted pregnancy

EllaOne

This emergency contraceptive pill can be taken five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. You can only get this from our clinics or by visiting your GP.

Coil

A coil can be inserted up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex but may also be used beyond that timescale in certain circumstances. This is the most effective type of emergency contraception and is available from our sexual health clinics

Condoms

Condoms

Condoms work really well in stopping most STIs from being passed from an infected partner to another. Although they are not 100% guaranteed, when used properly condoms are extremely effective.

Long Acting Reversible Contraception

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) are methods of birth control that provide effective contraception for an extended period without requiring user action. They include injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal contraceptive implants.

Contraceptive implant

An implant is a small flexible rod that is placed just under your skin in your upper arm. It releases a progestogen hormone similar to the natural progesterone that women produce in their ovaries and works for up to three years.

Intrauterine device (IUD)

IUD stands for "Intrauterine Device" it a small plastic and copper device, sometimes referred to as a "copper coil" that is put into the uterus (womb). It has one or two threads on the end. These thin threads hang through the opening at the entrance of your uterus (cervix) into the top of your vagina.

Intrauterine system (IUS)

IUS stands for "Intrauterine System" is a small T-shaped plastic device that is put into your uterus (womb) and releases a progestogen hormone. This is similar to the natural progesterone that women produce in their ovaries.

The IUS has two threads at one end which hang through the opening at the entrance of your uterus – (the cervix) into the top of your vagina.

Contraceptive injection

The contraceptive injection contains a progestogen hormone which is similar to the natural progesterone that women produce in their ovaries.

For more detailed information: Click Here

Other Options

Combined Pill

The combined pill is usually just called the pill. It contains two hormones – estrogen and progestogen. These are similar to the natural hormones women produce in their ovaries. You should follow the instructions provided with your prescription. 

Progestogen-only Pill

This pill contains a progestogen hormone which is similar to the natural progesterone women produce in their ovaries.

Progestogen-only pills (POPs) contain different types of progestogens. POPs are different to combined pills because they do not contain any estrogen.

Vasectomy Services

Vasectomy is a form of male sterilisation where the tubes are cut or blocked. In many parts of the UK you may no longer be able to have a Vasectomy via the NHS and will have to obtain this a paid for private service.

Wellbeing offers no-scalpel Vasectomy at number of venues across Essex. The no-scalpel method of vasectomy offers a quick, reliable and easy method of permanent contraception.

The no-scalpel method involves less discomfort, no stitches and faster recovery than the traditional method. The procedure itself takes 10-20 minutes and you will typically only be at the clinic for about an hour. Costs are highly competitive and include consultation, procedure, semen testing and aftercare.

By law you do not need your partner’s permission to have a vasectomy, but some doctors prefer both partners to agree after they have received information and counselling.

For more information or to book an appointment Wellbeing Vasectomy Service https://www.providewellbeing.co.uk/vasectomy

Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

If you have had sex without using contraception, or you think your contraception has failed, you may be able to use the emergency contraception. This often referred to as the Morning after Pill.

This is available from our clinics and pharmacies, there are three types of emergency contraception:

Levonelle (Levonorgestrel)

Is a type of emergency contraceptive pill can be taken within three days (72 hours) of unprotected sex.  Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic hormone that prevents unwanted pregnancy

EllaOne

This emergency contraceptive pill can be taken five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. You can only get this from our clinics or by visiting your GP.

Coil

A coil can be inserted up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex but may also be used beyond that timescale in certain circumstances. This is the most effective type of emergency contraception and is available from our sexual health clinics

Condoms

Condoms

Condoms work really well in stopping most STIs from being passed from an infected partner to another. Although they are not 100% guaranteed, when used properly condoms are extremely effective.

Long Acting Reversible Contraception

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) are methods of birth control that provide effective contraception for an extended period without requiring user action. They include injections, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal contraceptive implants.

Contraceptive implant

An implant is a small flexible rod that is placed just under your skin in your upper arm. It releases a progestogen hormone similar to the natural progesterone that women produce in their ovaries and works for up to three years.

Intrauterine device (IUD)

IUD stands for "Intrauterine Device" it a small plastic and copper device, sometimes referred to as a "copper coil" that is put into the uterus (womb). It has one or two threads on the end. These thin threads hang through the opening at the entrance of your uterus (cervix) into the top of your vagina.

Intrauterine system (IUS)

IUS stands for "Intrauterine System" is a small T-shaped plastic device that is put into your uterus (womb) and releases a progestogen hormone. This is similar to the natural progesterone that women produce in their ovaries.

The IUS has two threads at one end which hang through the opening at the entrance of your uterus – (the cervix) into the top of your vagina.

Contraceptive injection

The contraceptive injection contains a progestogen hormone which is similar to the natural progesterone that women produce in their ovaries.

For more detailed information: Click Here

Other Options

Combined Pill

The combined pill is usually just called the pill. It contains two hormones – estrogen and progestogen. These are similar to the natural hormones women produce in their ovaries. You should follow the instructions provided with your prescription. 

Progestogen-only Pill

This pill contains a progestogen hormone which is similar to the natural progesterone women produce in their ovaries.

Progestogen-only pills (POPs) contain different types of progestogens. POPs are different to combined pills because they do not contain any estrogen.

Vasectomy Services

Vasectomy is a form of male sterilisation where the tubes are cut or blocked. In many parts of the UK you may no longer be able to have a Vasectomy via the NHS and will have to obtain this a paid for private service.

Wellbeing offers no-scalpel Vasectomy at number of venues across Essex. The no-scalpel method of vasectomy offers a quick, reliable and easy method of permanent contraception.

The no-scalpel method involves less discomfort, no stitches and faster recovery than the traditional method. The procedure itself takes 10-20 minutes and you will typically only be at the clinic for about an hour. Costs are highly competitive and include consultation, procedure, semen testing and aftercare.

By law you do not need your partner’s permission to have a vasectomy, but some doctors prefer both partners to agree after they have received information and counselling.

For more information or to book an appointment Wellbeing Vasectomy Service https://www.providewellbeing.co.uk/vasectomy

eC-Card Scheme

The E-C-Card scheme is a confidential service for young people providing access to FREE condoms from our network of distribution venues across Essex (excluding Southend).

To be eligible for the scheme users must be aged 16 to 24 at the date of registration and a resident of Essex (excluding Southend).  The App is available for Android and Apple iOS and can be downloaded from the App stores.

 

Following a simple, secure registration process users view three short videos and must complete a short quiz that tests understanding of the key information covered. Once completed users can search for a convenient distribution venue and collect their supply of free condoms when they visit with a quick scan of a QR Code.

Users must successfully pass the quiz to activate the App and be able to use it to collect condoms. 

Young people without access to a suitable Smartphone or who would prefer to speak to one of our team can book an appointment to visit one of our clinics and discuss the options available to them. Appointments can be booked by contacting the service intelligence centre. 

Using the app is simple!

  • STEP 01
    Download
    The App
  • STEP 02
    Register With
    The Service
  • STEP 03
    View The
    Videos
  • STEP 04
    Complete
    The Quiz
  • STEP 05
    Locate A
    Venue
  • STEP 06
    Scan Your
    QR Code
  • STEP 07
    Receive Your
    Condoms

Need help with the E-C-Card Quiz?

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