We do not offer a separate clinic for family planning but would be happy to advise on all aspects including the coil . If you are on the pill we must see you to check your blood pressure every 6 months. If you run out and are not able to see us immediately we will allow you one months additional supply after that you must find the time to come in. You may see the nurse for this.
If you are at risk of pregnancy, perhaps a condom split or came off , you missed the pill or you were not using contraception at all ,then you need emergency contraception. Emergency contraception can be obtained in several ways and there are two types of emergency contraception.
The first type is a form of the pill and is effective if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. The second type is to insert an intrauterine device (coil) and this is effective for up to 5 days after unprotected sex. The pill can be obtained from
- The Practice. If you come within 72 hours then we will be able to prescribe it for you but you will need to see the doctor. All consultations are confidential Prescriptions from us are free.
- From a Family Planning Clinic. The nearest one is at the Caryl Thomas Clinic in Headstone Drive 020 3893 8575. Prescriptions from them are free
- From your local pharmacy. The commonest Pill used, Levonelle can be bought over the counter. It costs about £24. In some areas but not in Harrow it can be given by a pharmacist on the NHS.
- The coil can be obtained from the family planning clinic as above.
Its worth remembering that emergency contraception can fail and it does not stop pregnancies outside of the womb known as ectopic pregnancy. It is therefore vital that if you miss a period you must come back.
Emergency contraception is no substitute for regular family planning and you should discuss this with us as well.