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Family Planning and contraception

Contraception at The Wolverton Centre

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.

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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.

Visit the Wolverton website

Tel: 020 8974 9331     

 

Your Questions answered

  • When will my periods start again?

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.

  • How soon do I need to use contraception?

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.

  • Will breastfeeding act as a contraceptive?

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

Contraception choices available include:

  • Emergency pill (the morning after pill)
  • Emergency coil (a small plastic and copper device that is inserted into your womb)
  • Male condom / Female condom
  • The Pill (taken daily)
  • Injection: given in the buttocks every 3 months
  • Implant: a small flexible rod inserted in the upper arm lasting up to 3 years
  • Coil: a plastic/copper device inserted into the womb. The IUS is a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) method. It works for five years, so you don't have to think about contraception every day or each time you have sex. The brand name of the IUS used in the UK is Mirena.

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