You can make an appointment to discuss contraception at any of our surgeries. All appointments are confidential and the service is available to Under 16s.

Contraception is free. There are many different types of contraception available now and it is important to find one that you get along with and which suits you and your lifestyle.

If you would like a contraceptive implant or a coil fitted, please make an appointment with our Practice Nurse Claire Irvine or one of our doctors who has been trained to fit these methods (Dr Austen, Dr Locke and Dr Thomas).

To find out more about all the different methods, go to the Family Planning Association (FPA) website at:  

The FPA produces excellent leaflets, which you can download online.

There are also sexual health and contraception clinics in the local area, which provide a free, confidential service. Details of all Sexual Health Services in York and North Yorkshire can be found on the YorSexualHealth website below:

Emergency Contraception

When can it be used?

Emergency contraception can be used to prevent unwanted pregnancy after unprotected sex.

There are different types of emergency contraception:

  • the emergency contraception pill, Levonelle
  • the emergency contraceptive pill, ellaOne
  • the emergency intrauterine device (IUD)

The emergency contraceptive pill Levonelle, which some people call the 'Morning After Pill' can be taken up to 3 days after sex. The emergency contraceptive pill ellaOne can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex. The sooner these methods are taken, the more effective they are.

The emergency copper coil can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex in order to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

To find out more about these methods go to

Where can I get Emergency Contraception?

Emergency Contraception is available from the surgery and is also available from some pharmacies. If you have had unprotected sex, that is, sex without using contraception, or think your contraception might have failed, you can use emergency contraception.

Emergency contraception can be very effective especially if you have an IUD fitted or if the emergency contraceptive pill is taken soon after sex.

If you think that you might need emergency contraception then please contact the surgery, or your chosen provider, as soon as possible so that your options can be discussed with you.

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