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Contraception and sexual health

Please note: due to the current pandemic situation we can only offer limited procedures within the practice (e.g no coil insertions or implant removals). There may be other suitable short-term contraceptive choices available to you, if you need advice, please call to book a telephone consultation with the GP.

Contraceptive services

… are available to all our patients.

Young people under 16 are entitled to full contraceptive services, including termination of pregnancy, where required. If the doctor is satisfied that the patient is mature enough to understand and consent to treatment, these services can be offered with full confidentiality and without parental knowledge or consent.

Children under 13 are considered unable to consent in law. Rarely, the doctor may have concerns regarding the safety or well being of a young person and may consider it necessary to share information with the appropriate authorities.

You don’t have to tell anyone why you want to see the doctor. Click here for more information about confidentiality at the doctors.

Sandyford Sexual Health Clinic Clydebank – takes place at The Black Suite at Clydebank Health Centre on Thursday afternoon and evening.

For all service information enquiries or to make, cancel or re-schedule an appointment, call Sandyford Central 0141 211 8130.

Condoms

Available free of charge from your doctor or nurse on request or from a variety of venues across Glasgow including your local sexual health clinic, eg Sandyford.

Click here for more information about how to get free condoms

‘The pill’

The combined oral contraceptive and progestogen only contraceptive pill (‘mini-pill’) can be obtained by making an appointment in the usual way with your doctor or from your local sexual health clinic, eg Sandyford.

‘The morning after pill’

Can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex but is most effective the sooner it is taken. It is worth noting that coils can also be used for emergency contraception up to 5 days after unprotected sex. Please make an appointment with the doctor if possible but if this would cause undue delay a doctor can speak to you on the telephone.

Click here for more information about emergency contraception

The injection (or depot)

Available from your doctor at the practice or from your local sexual health clinic, eg Sandyford. Once prescribed by the doctor the practice nurse will usually see you to give you your injection every 3 months. You need to remember to ask for your prescription and collect your injection from the pharmacist first.

Click here for more information about the contraceptive injection

The implant (‘Nexplanon’)

A tiny rod containing hormone that can be inserted under the skin under local anaesthetic which provides contraception for 3 years. Available for insertion at the practice or from your local sexual health clinic, eg Sandyford. If you would like your implant put in at the Yellow Wing please phone the practice on 0141 531 6490 and request a telephone consultation with Dr Chalmers or Dr Fleming. You must speak to one of them first.

Click here for more information on the implant

The coil (or intrauterine device/system)

A tiny device that can be inserted into the womb by a doctor or trained healthcare professional and provide contraception for between 5 and 10 years, depending on the type. There are two main kinds, traditional copper coils and coils that contain hormone (the Mirena).  You can have one inserted here at the Yellow Wing or at your local sexual health clinic, eg Sandyford. If you think you might like one put in at the practice, please ring us on 0141 531 6490 and request a telephone consultation with Dr Tennick. You must speak to her first.

Click for more information about copper coils (IUD)

Click here for more information about the Mirena coil (IUS)

Click here for INFORMATION ABOUT COILS AT THE YELLOW WING

Sterilisation

Permanent contraception by either vasectomy or tying of the female reproductive tubes inside. This should only be undertaken if you are absolutely sure that you do not wish to have any more children, now or in the future. Vasectomy is simpler, safer and 5 times more effective than female sterilisation (failure rate of about 1 in 1000 people as opposed to 1 in 200).

Click here for more information about vasectomy

Click here for more information about female sterilisation

Sexual health

We recommend that you attend your local sexual health clinic eg Sandyford if you are worried that you may have  a sexually transmitted infection (STD).  However, we are happy to see you and help you with your concerns. Just book an appointment with the doctor in the usual way. You do not have to tell anyone why you want an appointment. Below is a list of some of the more common problems patients bring to us:

Click here for more information on sexually transmitted infections

Click here for information about genital warts

Click here for more information about genital herpes

Click here for more information about chlamydia

Click here more more information about pain having sex (dyspareunia)

Click here for more information about  reaching orgasm too quickly (premature ejaculation)

Click here for more information about impotence (erectile dysfunction

Click here for more information about vaginal discharge

Click here for more information about planning to have a baby

Click here for more information about difficulty getting pregnant

Click here for more information on unwanted pregnancy and termination (abortion)

It is worth noting that whilst an abortion is legal in Scotland up to 24 weeks for social reasons it is extremely difficult to find a practitioner willing to do it over 20 weeks or 5 months’ gestation. If you think you might want an abortion please come and see us as early as possible. You can change your mind at any stage. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service can also be very helpful.