- Tel: 020 8546 7711
The Wolverton Centre is on the Hospital site.
Contraception (family planning) may be the last thing on your mind when you have just had a baby, but it is something you need to think about if you want to delay or avoid another pregnancy soon after this baby.
A lot of unplanned pregnancies happen in the first few months after childbirth, so even if you’re not interested in sex at the moment, it is better to be prepared.
The Wolverton Centre provides a free, comprehensive and confidential sexual health and contraception service, offering a variety of contraception options; testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs); HIV testing and general advice/counselling for sexual health related problems.
A referral is not required for most clinics at the centre and there are walk-in clinics every day. Visits can be arranged by phone, e-booking or simply by attending a walk-in clinic.
For more complicated family planning a GP referral may be necessary, but please ask your midwife or call the centre as they are always happy to help.
Tel: 020 8974 9331
If you bottle feed, or combine bottle with breastfeeding, your first period could start as early as five to six weeks after birth. If you are breastfeeding, your periods may not come back until you stop. However, you can be fertile before you get your first period. This is because you ovulate (release an egg) about two week before a period so you are able to become pregnant without having a period.
You can become pregnant again very quickly after birth whether you are breast or bottle feeding. Therefore, you must use contraception every time you have sex. Don’t wait till your periods return, or until you have your postnatal check before you seek or use contraception, as you are able to become pregnant again before then.
Breastfeeding can be effective in preventing pregnancy, however there are strict rules that must be followed. This method of contraception is known as lactational amenorrhea. For more information and rules please go to www.cks.nhs.uk
Contraception choices available include:
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