Family Planning

All doctors at the Rush Hill and Weston surgery offer a complete and confidential family planning advice service. We are happy to discuss any related issues and we can advise you on the best contraception to suit your circumstances.

All contraception is free through the National Health Service.

Methods of contraception

The combined oral contraceptive pill

This is the most commonly used type of contraception. The ‘pill’ is a combination of an oestrogen and progesterone hormone. It is very safe; if taken properly less than 1 in 100 women will get pregnant in 1 year.

It does not suit every woman. After the age of 35 it should only be used by non-smokers and every woman needs to have her blood pressure checked.

If you suffer from diarrhoea and vomiting it may not work properly, also check with your doctor that it agrees with any other medicine you take.

The contraceptive injection (‘depot’)

With this method women will need an injection every 12 weeks. Less than 1 woman in 100 will get pregnant in 1 year.

With the injection you don’t have to think about contraception for the duration of the injection.

It can cause absent, irregular or long periods and it can take several months for your normal fertility to get back to normal.

All GP’s at surgery offer this service.

Long Acting Reversibile Contraception

The intrauterine device and system (‘the coil’)With these methods a small plastic or copper device is inserted into the womb by a doctor. Both methods are very safe with less than 1 woman in 100 getting pregnant over 1 year.

They can stay in for 3-10 years dependent on the type and provide contraception for the whole time.

There is a small chance of infection and with some types periods may be heavier than before.

Dr Jacobs and Dr Parish are trained and very experienced at fitting coils. Prior to booking an appointment for a coil fitting, you need to discuss this option with your usual GP and sign a consent form agreeing to the procedure.

We have designated appointments for coil fittings, so please book such an appointment directly via Reception:

Rush Hill: 01225 446087
Weston: 01225 446089

Contraceptive Implant

The contraceptive implant is a small flexible tube about 40mm long that’s inserted under the skin of your upper arm.

It’s inserted by a trained professional, such as a doctor, and lasts for three years.

Dr Oertel and Dr Parish are very experienced at fitting contraceptive implants. Prior to booking an appointment for an implant fitting, you need to discuss this option with your usual GP and sign a consent form agreeing to the procedure.

For more information on contraceptive implants, please visit the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk

We have designated appointments for implant fittings, so please book such an appointment directly via Reception:

Rush Hill: 01225 446087
Weston: 01225 446089

Emergency contraception

If you have had sex without using contraception there are 2 methods to prevent pregnancy:

Emergency contraception tablets can be taken up to 72 hours after sex, but the earlier you take them the more reliable they are.

The coil can be fitted after unprotected intercourse for up to 5 days.