Contraception is about stopping a pregnancy occurring. There are 15 methods of contraception available in the UK. These prevent pregnancy but will not protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections so you will also need to use a condom.

Different methods will suit different people and your choices can be considered and discussed with you at a sexual health clinic or via your GP. Contraception is free-of-charge from our clinics.You can start contraception at any time in your cycle, however if you have unprotected sex (you may be at risk of becoming pregnant) you may not be able to have your chosen type of contraception at that time.  If you think you may be at risk of pregnancy you can get Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC)  from any of our Sexual Health Clinics, please telephone for details.

If you are thinking about or having sex and don’t want to get pregnant you need a suitable and effective method of contraception. To find out more about contraceptive methods and which might be best for you click here. 

Call us to make an appointment at any of our clinics across Nottingham.

Tel: 0115 962 7627


Important information about getting your contraception from our Sexual Health Services

All of our Sexual Health Services have bookable appointments. Some clinics have a very limited number of appointments available, so think ahead - book your next appointment about 2-3 weeks before you need to renew your contraception.

During a consultation with a healthcare professional we will discuss your medical history and what best suits your lifestyle.

Each time you use our service to get your contraception you will have to talk to one of our Nurses, Doctors or Healthcare Assistants (this includes collecting condoms).

If you have had unprotected sex in the 3 weeks before you started your contraception or in the first 7 days of taking it, we will ask you to do a pregnancy test in 3 weeks (you can buy your own or book an appointment in 21 days)

If you want to have an implant, IUS or IUD (COIL) as your long term method of contraception, our services do not normally fit them at your first appointment. We need to assess your risk of pregnancy and make sure it is the right time for you to start these types of contraception.