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What happens when you come to a clinic?

When you come to a clinic we will ask you some questions to help you decide which method might be best for you.  We will check if you have any health problems, if you are taking any other medication and what your lifestyle is like.  We will also measure your weight, blood pressure and height to check your chosen method is safe for you. We are happy to see patients who are not yet 16 but we may ask a few extra questions to check your safety and understanding. This is confidential and your parents or carers won't find out. However, your safety is our primary concern and if you were to tell us something that made us worried about your safety, we may involve other professionals in your care.  We will tell you if this is required and we will explain what we plan to do.

If you would like to think about your options before you come to clinic, please click My Contraception Tool. This is a web based app that will help you to decide which type of contraception might suit you best.

We may not be able to start you on certain methods of contraception if there is a risk you may already be pregnant because you have had unprotected sex.  Please remember that pregnancy can take up to 3 weeks to show up on a test - sometimes we may ask you to return to clinic to repeat a pregnancy test before issuing you with your chosen contraception.


'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham