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Contraception

Did you know that there are actually 15 methods of contraception available on the NHS? Contraceptive methods allow you to choose when and whether you want to have a baby, but they don’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you choose to be sexually active only condoms can protect against STIs and pregnancy.

Use a condom

If you are thinking about having sex always use a condom to ensure you and your partner are protected from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or getting pregnant. 

Young people may think they know everything about sex and what risks there are. Keep yourself and your partner safe by reading together 15 things you should know about sex.

Unprotected sex

If your condom splits or you have had unprotected sex, you may want to think about emergency contraception to stop you or your partner getting pregnant. However, don't delay; you usually need to act within 3 days (72 hours) of having unprotected sex for this to work.

Free Chlamydia testing

1 in 12 sexually active young people may have Chlamydia – you can take a free and confidential chlamydia test where you get the results of your test sent to you by text on your mobile. For more details visit amiclear.

Find your nearest service or clinic for sexual health.

Sexual Health Services in Suffolk

GP Practices
Many GPs provide contraceptive services including Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) such as the coil or implants and Emergency Hormone Contraception (EHC) for episodes of unprotected sexual activity. GPs also screen for chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease for those aged under 25.

Pharmacies
Most pharmacies provide free Emergency Hormone Contraception (EHC) and also screen for chlamydia for those aged under 25.

Specialist Sexual Health Services
Specialist Sexual Health Services offer a free, confidential service providing contraception, sexual health advice, testing and treatment. All treatment is free of charge.

iCaSH Suffolk is the new name for contraception and sexual health services which operate a number of different clinics across Suffolk - this includes the new Orwell Clinic in Ipswich. There are walk-in sessions and appointment options available.

You can either call the single local rate phone number to book appointments to access iCaSH services in Suffolk: 0300 123 3650

Or for more information on the services iCaSH provide in Suffolk you can visit their website.

Anyone can access specialist sexual health services anywhere in the country, as they have an open access policy.

Further Information

NHS Choices Sexually Transmitted Infections - an introduction to STIs

NHS Livewell Sexually Transmitted Infections - advice and FAQs around STIs

NHS Choices Contraception Guide - methods, FAQs and advice around contraception

NHS Choices What is Contraception? - an overview of all the different methods of contraception

My Contraception Tool - help with choosing the right contraception for you

Terrence Higgins Trust - sexual health charity

Rise Above - a website for young people on the things that matter

I think I might be pregnant

The first thing you can do is buy pregnancy tests from supermarkets or the chemist or see your doctor or school nurse for a free pregnancy test. For more advice read am I pregnant.

If you find out you are pregnant there’s lots of advice available and people to help you decide what you want to do. Have a look at the list above for some of the services available near you.

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