Helping you choose a method of contraception that is right for you

Contraception is free and our staff will help you choose the method that suits you.

Contraceptive methods allow you to choose if/when you have a baby, but most do not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Methods of contraception

A member of the sexual health team will discuss the most appropriate method of contraception for you. 

We offer:

  • hormonal methods - eg combined pill, progesterone only pill, contraceptive patch, contraceptive vaginal ring
  • barrier methods - eg male and female condoms, diaphragms.

Condoms help to protect against both STIs and pregnancy. If you are using other methods of contraception, it is advisable to use condoms as well, to protect your and your partner's health, until you have both been tested.

  • Emergency contraception

    Emergency contraception is used by a woman to reduce the risk of pregnancy after having unprotected sex, or if another method of contraception has failed, eg if a condom splits or you have missed a pill.

    If you need emergency contraception, please walk-in at any of our clinics. The walk-in clinic can also provide you with support for starting ongoing contraception during your visit. 

    Alternatively, calculate your risk level of falling pregnant and check the SXT website for your nearest clinic.

  • Coil fitting/replacement

    There are two types of coil:

    • Intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUD)
    • Intrauterine system (IUS).

    The coil works for five to 10 years depending on the type fitted.


    A small plastic and copper device that is put into your womb. It releases copper to stop you getting pregnant. The IUD is 10 times more effective than the best emergency contraceptive pill and provides ongoing, hormone-free contraception for up to 10 years. Visit the NHS website for more information about the intra-uterine contraceptive device (IUD).


    A small, T-shaped plastic device that is put into your womb. It slowly releases the hormone progestogen to stop you getting pregnant. Visit the NHS website for more information about the intrauterine system (IUS).

  • Express contraception

    We are working with SH:24 for express provision of the contraceptive pill. You will be fast tracked to arrange ongoing delivery of pills to your home. Please note your first delivery might take up to seven days.

  • Implant fitting/removing

    The implant is a small, flexible plastic rod that is fitted just under the skin of your upper arm and releases a progesterone hormone. The coil works for three years. It is reversible allowing you to remove it if you want to start a family or change methods.

    Visit the NHS website for more information about the contraceptive implant.

Useful websites

You can find out more about each of these methods of contraception by visiting:


Contact us

Burrell Street clinic Tel: 020 7188 6666

Streatham Hill Health Centre and Walworth Road clinic Tel: 020 3049 4006

Online booking service

You can book an appointment at our clinics. Select your preferred clinic and follow the links to book your appointment.

Emergency contraception calculator

Calculate your risk level of falling pregnant and find the nearest emergency contraception services.