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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
All GPs provide contraceptive services including Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) such as the coil or implants and Emergency Hormone Contraception (EHC). GPs can 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.

For those living in East & West Suffolk there is a range of clinics and services available, including the new Orwell Clinic in Ipswich. Have a look at the Suffolk Sexual Health website for more information about the services, and to see the clinic locations and opening times. 

For those in Waveney & Lowestoft, there are specialist sexual health services based in Lowestoft and the James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth. Details of these services can be found here:

Waveney residents Contraception and Sexual Health service

Waveney residents Chlamydia Screening

James Paget Hospital Sexual Health Service

You can also find out about the services available in this area on Youth Health Matters.

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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