Accessing contraception during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

If you need contraception during this time, you can still get your contraceptive supplies from your GP surgery or sexual health clinic.

You probably won’t be able to have a face to face consultation at the moment in order to keep you safe but you will still be able to get contraception.

Contraception is free and supplies are available.

Phone or check online

Phone or have a look at your GP or sexual health clinic’s website to find out how your consultation will be provided.

Don’t go in person to your GP or sexual health clinic unless you have an appointment

If you need more supplies of contraceptive pills

Phone or check the website of your GP or sexual health clinic if you need more supplies. If you’ve had these pills before, it’s likely that a prescription can be sent to a pharmacy for you to collect.

Sexual health clinics may post out pills or leave them at their reception desks for collection

If you need condoms

These are available from pharmacies or free from sexual health clinics and some GPs. You may also be able to order them online.

Phone your local sexual health clinic or see their website for information on local arrangements.

If you need emergency contraception

Pharmacies, GPs and sexual health clinics all provide the emergency contraceptive pill for free. If you want an intrauterine device (also known as ‘the coil’) for emergency contraception, phone your local sexual health clinic to discuss.

If you need Depo Provera or Sayana Press

If it’s more than 14 weeks since your last injection, contact your normal provider to discuss your options. A face to face consultation for injection may not be possible.

If so, you’ll have to use condoms or a progestogen only pill until normal services resume.

If you’re already using Sayana Press to self-inject, a prescription or postal supplies can be arranged if you phone the service you usually attend.

If you need a new coil or implant or the previous one removed

If coil or implant fitting is not currently available in your area, other forms of contraception will be available.

You may be able to keep your current coil or implant for longer – check with the staff at your GP surgery or sexual health clinic.

If you need or would like additional contraception for the short term, they can help and advise you.

If you’re having problems with your current contraception

You should phone your GP or sexual health clinic if you’re having any problems with your contraception. They may not be able to see you immediately face to face, but they can still help you with advice.

If you’re thinking about a pregnancy at the moment

It’s always important to be as healthy as possible before getting pregnant.

Becoming pregnant during this pandemic is a matter of choice. The Royal College of Obstetricians has specific guidance about pregnancy during the COVID pandemic.

If you would like to speak to someone, phone your GP or local sexual health clinic.

Tommy’s has more general advice

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