GP Care Provides a complete range of contraceptive option.
There are a lots of options when it comes to contraception and trying to pick the right type can be confusing.
Fist off, it is vital that anyone who is having regular sex with multiple partners needs condoms. These are the only form of contraception that protect against STIs.
After condoms the question is what is right for you?
- The most popular form of contraception is the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP).
These are reliable, regulate periods and can have a secondary benefit of improving acne. These are usually taken for 21 days, stopped for 7 to allow menses and then restarted. These can be taken for longer periods at a time but this should be discussed with your doctor.
Combined oral contraceptives are not suitable for everyone and are contraindicated if a patient is:
- A smoker
- Have migraines with aura
- Over 35
- Obese (a high BMI)
- For others who would prefer a pill but can’t take the COCP for any reason the “minipill” or progesterone only pill is a good alternative. Unlike the COCP these are taken everyday without a break. These are suitable for smokers, mums who are breastfeeding and for people who overweight or obese.
If you don’t want to take a pill, or forget to take a pill there are plenty of other options:
- The contraceptive patch is similar to the combined oral contraceptive pill except a patch is worn for a week at a time instead of taking a daily tablet These are becoming more popular.
- The nuvaring is similar to the patch but instead of being worn on the skin is inserted into the vagina
Longer acting reversible contraceptives (LARCS) are available and may provide contraception for up to 5 years.
- The implanon or “bar” is a very effective contraceptive and is very popular. It is one of the most reliable contraceptives and lasts for three years. It may cause spotting between periods and often stops periods altogether while inserted
- Intra-uterine devices (IUD) are also extremely effective. These are small devices inserted into the uterus to provide contraception. Having an IUD inserted is similar process to a having a smear and there are four types currently available on the market: Copper, jaydess, kyleena and the mirena coil.
- For patients attending for LARC we advise
- An initial visit for counselling, this may include STI screening if appropriate. A prescription is then given for the LARC device
- A visit for insertion of the LARC device
- For intra-uterine devices a follow up visit is advised to assess for appropriate placement
The above is meant only as an informative guide on contraception and is not meant as an exhaustive resource. More information is available on MyContracption.ie or you can click here to arrange an appointment to discuss your contraceptive options with one of our doctors.