Family Planning

Family Planning Clinic at Parkside Medical Centre

If you wish to discuss starting a form of contraception, it might help to consider the options that are available to you. With so many different types of contraception out there, how do you choose the best one for you? Why don’t you use the My Contraception Tool kit to help you decide before you go to a family planning clinic. You just need to fill in a simple questionnaire.

At Parkside we offer free family planning clinics on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Please book an appointment online or by phone on 01908 375 341 and tell our Patient Navigators you would like to have an appointment for the family planning clinic. A follow up appointment will also be needed to monitor you and your contraceptive method.

If you are under 25 years of age you can also seek advice from the local Brook Clinic.

There is also a family planning clinic at Boots CMK telephone no. 0300 303 8273 or visit their website Sexual Health MK.

Useful Information & Advice

Contraception

There are lots of contraception options for you. Remember: using a condom is the only protection against STIs including HIV.

Here is a quick guide for you:

Natural Contraception

Timing sexual intercourse so you don’t get pregnant without the use of any form of contraception.

Barrier Contraception

This includes male condoms, female condoms, caps and diaphragms. However, these rely on you using it properly and that they don’t split during use.

Short Acting Hormonal Contraception

These include the pill, patches and vaginal rings.

Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARCS)

These include Depo injection, Implant and coils. They are the most effective form of contraception.

  • Depo The contraceptive injection contains progestogen.
  • Implant A small flexible rod. Inserted under the skin on the inner side of the upper arm using local anaesthetic.
  • Intrauterine hormonal coil (IUS) small plastic T-shaped device inserted inside the womb, through the opening of the cervix.
  • Intruterine Copper Coil (IUD) A small plastic and copper device, inserted inside the womb through the opening of the cervix.

Non-Reversible Contraception

These are PERMANENT methods of contraception.

Emergency Contraception “the morning after pill”

These are for when you haven’t used contraception or your usual method of contraception has failed. Please DO NOT rely on these as a regular form of contraception as they are NOT effective as a form of contraception. The sooner you use emergency contraception after having unprotected sex, the more effective it is.

There are two types of emergency contraception.

  • the emergency contraceptive pill (morning after pill) – there are two types, Levonelle or ellaOne
  • the intrauterine device (IUD or coil)

If you need emergency contraception see our Emergency Contraception Services page.

Infertility

If you have been trying to have a baby naturally with regular unprotected sex for over a year, contact your GP. If you have not been trying for long, see our “Planning your pregnancy” maternity page for advice on maximising your chances of getting pregnant. However, if you are over 35 years or had previous gynaecological problems seek help sooner.

Here are some helpful websites:

Useful Websites: