During your consultation, the doctor will ask you a series of questions about your medical history, family history, any medications you are currently taking, & other questions about your lifestyle & regular health habits. This will help them to understand what kind of contraception would suit you best.
If you are experiencing very severe menstrual symptoms, they may suggest further examination, testing, or investigation to get you a solid diagnosis & a treatment plan that can help you feel better.
Whatever your needs, the doctor can help you to find out a method that is most appropriate for you, & answer any questions or concerns you might have. Give us a call or use our online booking system to come in & discuss your contraceptive options.
In many cases, our doctors will be able to prescribe contraception for you, but if you need to have an IUD or IUS fitted, we can refer you to a gynaecologist from our extensive & trusted network at no extra cost.
Some important factors to consider when thinking about contraception include family history, how old you are, whether or not you smoke, & whether you are already taking other medication.
Of the many possible forms of contraception available, some are better suited to those who have existing issues relating to their menstrual cycle (such as severe PMS, bloating, or headaches), which may be alleviated by the hormones in contraceptive methods such as the pill, a hormonal patch, IUS (intrauterine system) or vaginal ring. All of these contraceptives contain oestrogen, progesterone, or a mix of both.
Some women prefer to investigate contraceptive options that last long term, without requiring much maintenance. Hormonal patches & implants are long-term contraceptive possibilities. They have a similar mechanism to the pill but give you a time-released dose of hormones, which means that you don’t have to remember to take your pill every day.
An IUD (intrauterine device, also referred to as “the coil”) or IUS (intrauterine system) are different kinds of device that are fitted by a gynaecologist, & which can remain in the uterus for a minimum of three years, giving you long-term protection against pregnancy & requiring very little maintenance. These devices can also be effective in helping you to manage menstrual issues such as period pains, although it is difficult to know how they will affect you until you try them.
If you have a casual partner or more than one partner, you may also want to discuss the best contraceptive methods that prevent sexually transmitted diseases (male or female condoms).
Types of contraception:
- Diaphragm (also called a cap)
- The pill (the combined pill, or the progesterone-only pill)
- Condoms (male or female)
- Contraceptive implants, injections, or patches
- IUD (intrauterine device, aka the coil)
- IUS (intrauterine system, or hormonal coil)
- Vaginal ring