Contraception at SHH

We offer various methods of contraception in our clinics, including:

  • Intrauterine contraception (the coil)
  • Contraceptive implant 
  • Contraceptive pill
  • Contraceptive injection
  • Contraceptive patch 
  • Condoms 
  • Diaphragm (Caya®) 

We do not currently provide the contraceptive ring (NuvaRing®)—please see your GP. 

Intrauterine contraception 

Intrauterine contraception (“the coil”) is a device inserted into the uterus (womb) to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types – the IUD (“copper coil”) and the IUS (“hormonal coil”). Both are very effective at preventing pregnancy and can last up to ten years, depending on what type of device you have fitted.

Having an IUD/IUS fitted or replaced

If you are interested in having an IUD/IUS fitted, or need to have your device replaced, please watch the following video before booking an appointment:

When you attend for an IUD/IUS, you must not be at risk of pregnancy. This means:

  • Using a hormonal method of contraception (pill, patch, ring, injection or implant) until the day of your appointment, or
  • Abstaining from sex for at least 3 weeks before your appointment, or since the start of your last period 

If you already have an IUD or IUS and wish to replace it, you must ensure you avoid any unprotected sex in the 7 days prior to your appointment.

The majority of women can book directly into an IUD/IUS fitting appointment. We recommend having a pre-insertion appointment to discuss the procedure with a doctor or nurse if:

  • You are aged 17 or younger
  • You are aged 50 or older
  • You have a learning disability
  • You require a translator 
  • You have a history of problems with your uterus or ovaries (e.g fibroids)
  • You have had a baby within the last 4 weeks 
  • You have recently had an abortion or miscarriage 
  • You have had a difficult or failed insertion of an IUD/IUS in the past 
  • You have not fully understood the information above and wish to discuss it with a doctor or nurse in person 

Please note that we do not fit the Mirena IUS for the purposes of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or for the treatment of gynaecological conditions (e.g. endometriosis), unless you also require the IUS for contraception. 

To book an appointment for an IUD or IUS insertion, you can use our online booking system (Option 14). Online appointments are currently only available at West Middlesex Hospital. Alternatively, you can call to arrange an appointment: 

  • West Middlesex Hospital: 020 8321 5718
  • Heart of Hounslow: 020 8630 3295

The clinics are staffed by both male and female clinicians – if you have a preference, please mention this when you call to book your appointment. 

Having an IUD/IUS removed 

If you wish to have an IUD or IUS removed and do not wish to have it replaced, please call the clinic to book an appointment. To avoid any risk of pregnancy following removal, please ensure you do not have any unprotected sex in the 7 days before your appointment.

Contraceptive implant

The contraceptive implant is very effective and lasts up to 3 years. It is a plastic rod that releases progestogen, which is fitted into the upper part of your arm. The implant can be removed at any time and a new implant can be inserted at the same time if you wish to replace it. 

To book an appointment, please call the clinic on 020 8321 5718 or 020 8630 3295.  

All other methods of contraception 

For all other methods of contraception, you can call 020 8321 5718 or 020 8630 3295 to arrange an appointment. Walk-in services are also available at Twickenham House. 

If you are over the age of 16 and live in Brent, City of London, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark or Westminster, you can order free contraception via Sexual Health London.

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception can be used to help reduce the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex, although it must be used within 5 days. The most effective method is the emergency IUD (copper coil).

If you have had unprotected sex and are not using a regular method of contraception, or if you have had a problem with your regular method (eg missed pill, broken condom), you should consider emergency contraception. Walk-in services are available at Twickenham House. Please call the clinic on 020 8321 5718 or 020 8630 3295 for advice if you are unable to attend the walk-in. 

Book an appointment

T: 020 8321 5718

Lines are open:
Mon: 9:30am–7pm
Tue: 9am–4pm
Wed: 12 noon–7pm
Thu: 9:30am–4pm
Fri: 9:30am–1pm
Sat: closed
Sun: closed

Clinics are closed on bank holidays—for emergencies please go to your nearest A&E

Contact information

Sexual Health Advisers
(please do not call for routine appointments)
 020 8321 5675/2566/6831

 020 8321 2592

 020 8321 2568

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