Family Planning

At Turloughmore Health Centre we provide a comprehensive Family Planning service. 

Contraceptive Services

Combined Pill
This is a commonly used contraceptive. It contains oestrogen and progestogen and if used correctly the combined pill is greater than 99% effective. It is available on prescription only and requires 6 monthly reviews with your GP for blood pressure checks.

Mini Pill
Progestogen-Only Pill (POP). These are pills which have progestogen only and no oestrogen. The mini- pill is greater than 99% effective. The POP is ideal for women who for various medical reasons cannot take the combined pill. These include breast feeding mothers, history of blood clotting or side-effects with the combined pill.

This is an injectable contraceptive. This is another form of a progestogen only contraception. It can be used by women who cannot use other methods of hormonal contraception. It must be administered every 12 weeks by injection into the upper arm. 

The Coil (Mirena)
The coil is becoming an increasingly popular and excellent form of contraception. It consists of a plastic T-shaped coil containing progestogen only. Insertion takes place on day 3-7 of your menstrual cycle (ie.during your period). It is also used as a treatment for those women who suffer from painful or heavy periods. The Mirena is effective for 5 years after insertion. The coil can be fitted here in the surgery following an initial consultation where we decide if this is a good option for you and explain the procedure in detail.

Contraceptive Patch (Evra)
A patch is applied every week for three weeks.

Emergency Contraception - ''Morning after pill'' / MAP
Emergency contraception is used if you have unprotected sexual intercourse or if you believe your chosen method of contraception has failed. Unfortunately the MAP is not 100% effective and so it is best taken within 72 hours of unprotective intercourse. The longer the time before the MAP is taken, the less effective it becomes.





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