Contraception and Sexual Health
Contraception is free and we provide a full range of contraceptive services.
There is information about all methods of contraception including help to choose what method might suit you best on the FPA website (Family Planning Association)
Oral Contraceptive Pill
Starting or changing your pill will require a discussion with a GP. If you can provide us with a recent Blood Pressure and Weight this may be possible as a telephone consultation.
Repeat prescriptions are usually issued 6 monthly and a review is required annually. It may be possible to complete the review remotely following the following links or alternatively book an appointment with the nurse.
Emergency Contraception – the ‘Morning After’ Pill
An appointment is needed with the GP or nurse as soon as possible within 72 hours of risk to obtain a prescription.
It is best to let reception know if this is what you require so that they can fit you in urgently.
Alternatively, you can buy the Emergency Contraceptive Pill at a pharmacy without a prescription.
Women aged 21 and under can get it free of charge from certain pharmacies, further details can be found by visiting the OXME Wesbite
LARCS (Longer acting reversible contraceptives)
IUD/IUS (copper or hormone coils)
Dr Walker and Dr Luckhurst fit coils. The coil is inserted into the womb and depending on the device, lasts for between 3 and 10 years. You will need a single appointment initially to discuss the coil and have some preliminary tests.
The second appointment will be a joint appointment with Dr Walker or Dr Luckhurst and the Health Care Assistant to have the coil fitted. This will require a double appointment and needs to be booked in a designated appointment slot via reception.
If you would like your coil simply to be removed (and not replaced) you will need a single appointment with Dr Walker or Dr Luckhurst. Please note you should not have sexual intercourse (or alternatively use additional contraception) for 7 days before the procedure.
Dr Walker fits these, please discuss with her first. The device is a small plastic rod which is implanted just beneath the skin of the upper, inner arm and lasts for 3 years. The fitting, removal or exchange procedure needs to be booked in a designated double slot.
Discuss this option first with your GP. Injections are given every 12 weeks by the Practice Nurse.
Sexual Health and Chlamydia Screening
Chlamydia is an asymptomatic sexually transmitted disease affecting both men and women.
It can lead to infertility, inflammation and pain.
If you are over 18 and have an Oxfordshire postcode you can order a free chlamydia home testing kit. Visit the Sexual Health Oxfordshire website for more detail.
If you are under 18 please visit your local GUM/sexual health clinic or school/college nurse.