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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.

    You can book an appointment at any of our clinics if you are at a high risk of getting pregnant.

    If you are at a high risk you will be able to select the option to see
    someone regarding emergency contraception and book an appointment at
    your nearest available clinic. Visit the SXT website to find your nearest clinic.

    The walk-in clinic can also provides you with support for starting ongoing contraception during your visit. 

    Emergency contraception is also called the 'morning after pill' which prevents pregnancy following unprotected sex. It can be taken up to three or five days after unprotected sex.

    We also offer the very effective emergency copper coil which is a T shaped device that is placed in to the womb up to five days after sex.

  • 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).

  • 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 7188 7707

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.