Contraceptive Advice

Contraceptive Pill – Mini-Pill and Combined Pill

P.C.C. – Post Coital Contraception or Morning After Pill

How it works:
Administered within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse. The P.C.C pill prevents ovulation, fertilization or implantation of a blastocyst (embryo).

D.P. Injection – Depo-Provera

How it works:
This method is given on a 12 weekly basis, D.P Injection works through the synthetic hormone (DMPA) which helps regulate a woman’s ovaries similar to the way the natural hormone Progesterone works.

Contraceptive Implant (Progesterone only implant -Implanon)

How it works:
Fitted under the skin of the inside of upper arm.  Releases progestogen into circulation.  Stops ovulation and thickens cervical mucus. No pills or injections to remember.

IUS  – Intrauterine system – Mirena Coil

How it works:
Fitted on a five yearly basis after completion of swabs to rule out infection. The IUS releases tiny dose of progestogen into uterus.  Thickens cervical mucus which works on the lining of the uterus and prevents pregnancy.

IUD – Intrauterine Device/Copper Coil

How it works:
A small copper device – which is inserted into the womb by a doctor.   It works mainly by preventing fertilisation.
This is usually recommended to be changed every five years after completion of swabs to rule out infection.

Evra Patch  – Combined Oestrogen and Progesterone

How it works:

Apatch is applied to the skin.  The patch releases small but continuous quantities of hormones (progesterone and estrogen) into the blood.

Nuvaring (Combined Oestrogen and Progesterone)

How it works:
Releases oestrogen and progestrogen directly into the vagina.  Stops ovulation.

Diaphragm (Cap). Fitting and advice

How it works:
A soft rubber device, put into the vagina before intercourse, to cover the cervix (entrance to the womb), and form a barrier which prevents sperm from meeting the egg.  Must be used with a spermicide and left in place for six hours after intercourse.


How it works:
Made of thin rubber or latex and worn over the erect penis, a condom prevents sperm from entering the woman.

Natural Methoda of Contraception – Billings Method
Smear Testing

In conjunction with the ICSP (Irish Cervical Screening Programme), we are offering a free smear service (to invited women, by letter from ICSP), between the ages of 26 and 60 years old.
Smear testing for women outside this age groups can be facilitated – a fee will be charged.

H.R.T.  – Hormone Replacement Therapy

Available on the advice of our doctor.


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