Family Planning / Contraception
We provide the full range of advice and contraception (except implants) and can help you choose the best methods from a range including all the various combined pills, the progesterone only pill, the coil (IUD or intra-uterine device and IUS, the intrauterine system), diaphragms, condoms and natural methods.
The nurses are able to provide all these except the IUCD and IUS which will need a special appointment with a doctor and must be fitted at the end of a period or in the few days after. It is best to discuss this with a doctor in advance and also if you wish to start taking oral contraceptives for the first time to ensure that it is safe and suitable. For all other contraception just make a normal appointment with the nurse.
All contraception is free of prescription charges under the NHS.
Emergency Post-Coital Contraception
Emergency contraception is available for up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse, though the earlier the better. The most effective form is to fit an IUCD (a coil) which can be inserted up to 5 days after the accident. In the first 3 days (72 hours) the Post-coital pill or ‘morning after pill’ is available though it is more effective in the first 24 hours.
If you have need of emergency contraception, please contact us for an appointment as soon as possible- we will always fit you in.
If you find yourself accidentally pregnant and wish to consider a termination of pregnancy (TOP), you can self-refer to Marie-Stopes (Tel 0345 300 8090), which has facilities in Ealing and Central London and provides free terminations under the NHS. You may also book to discuss with a GP as soon as possible.
Cervical Cytology (Smears)
It is recommended that all women have regular cervical smears - even those who have never been sexually active can very rarely develop cervical cancer.
The national screening intervals are that smear tests should be performed every 3 years between the ages of 25 and 49 years, then every 5 years from age 50 - 64yrs. Those aged 65+ should have a smear only if not having been screened since age 50 or have had recent abnormal tests.
Cervical screening under 25 years is less reliable and cancer is very rare in that younger age group. If you are worried, however, please talk to your GP or practice nurse. Please do not book at a time during your period - best to wait a few days after.
For your smear please book an appointment with a practice nurse. The national computer recall system will call you up every 3-5 years as a reminder but you don't need to wait if you are due.
For full information about the National Cervical Screening Programme and the test itself click here.