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Contraception Counselling

Helping you find contraception to suit your needs

We're here to help you find a contraceptive method that is right for you.

As part of your abortion treatment, we'll help you find a method of contraception that best suits your individual needs.

Following an abortion your fertility will return almost immediately. If you do not want to get pregnant after having an abortion it is important to have a contraceptive method in place as soon as possible. At your abortion appointment, you will be offered a range of contraceptive methods and we'll be there to advise and talk through your options with you.

Your fertility after an abortion

You can conceive again really quickly after an abortion; in fact an egg can be released from the ovary as soon as 8 days after your treatment so you could become pregnant again before your next period. We want to help you to choose the contraception that’s right for you after your abortion and offer we contraception counselling as part of your abortion care.

What are my contraception options after an abortion?

In this short video, Julia Hogan, contraception nurse consultant at MS UK, will talk about the gold standard of the contraception world: LARC methods. LARC stands for long acting reversible contraception, such as the implant, coil and injection.

These methods are fantastic because not only are they the most effective, they don’t interrupt sex and once they’re fitted you can forget about them. But they’re all reversible so, if you want to, you can plan a future pregnancy at a time that’s right for you.

Do you live in Hertfordshire? We have a new LARC clinic!

If you live in Hertforshire or are registered with a Hertforshire GP, you will be able to access our new dedicated LARC clinic in Hemel Hempstead.

Which method of contraception is right for me?

It’s important to know more about different contraceptive options so that we can support you as best we can. Contraception counselling is part of your treatment, and we are happy to help you choose the right method for you.

Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC)

Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods offer excellent protection against pregnancy. They're the gold standard of the contraception world!

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Short-Acting Contraceptive Methods

Short-acting methods refer to methods that you need to remember to use or take regularly, or each time you have sex, such as the contraceptive pill and the condom.

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Emergency Contraception

Using contraception when having sex is always the best way to prevent a pregnancy. If you've had unprotected sex or your contraception has failed, emergency contraception can also prevent a pregnancy.

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Not sure about which option is the right one for you? Consider a bridging method

If you haven’t quite made up your mind about contraception or we can’t give you what you want at the time - for example if you’ve had your abortion tablets posted to you - do consider having a temporary method to tide you over.  We call this a bridging method, to get you from now until you get the method of your choice without putting you at risk of an unwanted pregnancy. You could have contraceptive pills or the injection as a bridging method so please speak to our team about this. 

At Marie Stopes UK we are here to help you choose the contraception that suits you best. 

What is the difference between the ‘morning after pill’ and the abortion pill?

The Morning After Pill: Emergency Contraception

The ‘morning after pill’ is an emergency contraceptive: though often called the morning after pill, it can actually be taken up to 96 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy. It is a progesterone-only hormone pill and works by delaying the release of an egg from an ovary, therefore preventing pregnancy. There is just one pill to take. The sooner you take the morning after pill, the greater the chances of avoiding pregnancy.

Read more about emergency contraception at this link.

The Abortion Pill: Medical Abortion

A medical abortion (or “abortion pill” as it sometimes called) involves taking two different types of medicine - mifepristone and misoprostol - at different times, to end an existing pregnancy. At Marie Stopes UK you can use this method of abortion up to 9 weeks + 6 days of pregnancy.

Read more about medical abortion at this link.

Contact us if you have any questions

Remember that contraception counselling is part of your abortion treatment: we are here to help you find a method of contraception that best suits your individual needs.

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Abortion services

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Vasectomy

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Counselling

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