Hertfordshire contraception clinic
Hertfordshire contraception clinic
Our Hemel Hempstead clinic offers long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) services to people living or registered with a Hertfordshire GP.
From this clinic, we offer the fitting and removal of the non-hormonal coil, the hormonal coil and the contraceptive implant.
What contraception do we offer at our Hemel Hempstead clinic?
Also known as the ‘copper coil’, the non-hormonal coil is a small copper and plastic T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus. It releases copper, which prevents pregnancy by stopping the sperm and eggs surviving in the womb.
The non-hormonal coil can remain in place for 5-10 years and is more than 99% effective.
Fewer than 1 in 100 people will get pregnant in a year, depending on the type of non-hormonal coil
The non-hormonal coil is suitable for most people, including if you are breastfeeding or unable to use hormonal methods of contraception. Once removed, your normal fertility will return straightaway. The non-hormonal coil is very popular amongst those who dislike hormonal methods of contraception.
Follow this link to read more about the non-hormonal coil and watch a video explainer.
Formerly known as the IUS, the hormonal coil is a small T-shaped plastic device inserted into your uterus. It releases progestogen to prevent pregnancy for 3-8 years.
The hormonal coil is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, and you don’t have to think about contraception for up to 8 years.
Fewer than 1 in 100 people will get pregnant over the 3 to 8 years when using a hormonal coil.
This method is suitable for those who cannot use contraception containing oestrogen, and once removed your fertility will return to normal.
It is common to experience bleeding or spotting in the first six months after having the hormonal coil fitted, but after that your periods may become irregular, lighter, or stop altogether. This makes the hormonal coil a very good choice for those who experience heavy or painful periods.
Follow this link to read more about the hormonal coil and watch a video explainer.
The implant is a small plastic tube that is about 4cm long and is inserted under the skin in your upper arm. The implant releases a hormone which stops the ovaries from releasing an egg.
The implant prevents pregnancy for up to three years, and is more than 99% effective with perfect use.
Fewer than 1 in 100 people using the implant will get pregnant in a year.
The implant is safe to use for as long as you need, and your fertility will return to normal when it is taken out. It is suitable for those who can’t use contraception with oestrogen in it.
The implant is inserted into your arm, which may be sore or swollen for a few days. You may experience some side effects, and the implant may affect your periods. If your bleeding pattern is unacceptable this can usually managed by your GP.
Follow this link to read more about the contraceptive implant and watch a video explainer.
About our Hemel Hempstead clinic:
- Dedicated Phone Line: 0345 300 2350
- To book your appointment: call 7am – 6pm, Monday – Sunday
- Address: Speedwell Pharmacy, 161 London Road, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP3 9SQ
- Days of service: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
- Services provided: non-hormonal coil, hormonal coil, implant (fitting and removal)
How to arrange an appointment at our Hemel Hempstead contraception clinic
- Call our dedicated line to book your telephone consultation: 0345 300 2350. The line is available Monday to Sunday, 7AM to 6PM.
- During the telephone consultation, an agent will ask you what your preference in contraceptive method is and will go through some medical history questions with you.
- Based on your needs and your chosen contraception method we will be able to book an appointment for you at our Hemel Hempstead clinic.
- Our service provides clinical training to other health professionals. During your visit you may be seen by a registered health professional who is undertaking additional clinical training and who will be supported by one of our qualified specialist trainers.
The non-hormonal coil, the hormonal coil and implant
Follow the links below learn more about the long-acting reversible contraception methods we offer from our contraception clinics:
The contraceptive implant
Find all you need to know about the contraceptive implant.
The non-hormonal coil (CU-IUD)
Find all you need to know about the non-hormonal coil (also known as the copper coil).
The hormonal coil (LNG-IUD)
Find all you need to know about the hormonal coil.