Contraception

Contraception and the ‘lockdown’!

Whilst the lockdown is vital to enable our NHS to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, the inevitable changes to medical services has far-reaching consequences. Everyday health issues don’t just suddenly stop because of the pandemic, but they do become more difficult to manage. Continued access to effective contraception is one area that is important to address, even when there may be more pressing matters at hand.

As an individual, staying at home really does make a difference. But as we try to engage in ‘activities’ to keep ourselves occupied, it is important to make sure your contraception is working for you – otherwise there will be another NHS crisis in about 9 months time, when maternity services become overwhelmed!

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH) have issued guidance on how contraception can be managed in the current climate, often without the need to physically see your GP at all! Click on the links below to find out what is advised for the contraception you use:

Combined hormonal contraception – pill, patch or ring

Progestogen-only Pill (POP, mini-pill)

Contraceptive implant (Nexplanon)

Depot contraceptive injection (Depo-Provera, Sayana Press)

Copper Coil (IUD)

Intrauterine System (Mirena, Levosert, Jaydess, Kyleena)

PLEASE NOTE: ADVICE IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY. INDIVIDUALS SHOULD SEEK PERSONALISED ADVICE FROM THEIR OWN GP/NURSE BEFORE MAKING CHANGES TO THEIR CONTRACEPTION

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