Contraception

Contraception is used to prevent pregnancy.  There are many choices available and your GP can help you choose the best method to suit your situation.  Options include condoms, oral contraceptives (the pill), long acting reversible contraception, injectable contraception (depot) and permanent methods (vasectomy and tubal ligation).

Long acting reversible contraception provides highly reliable contraception that is ‘set and forget’.

Implanon is a hormone implant that is inserted in your arm.  It provides high quality contraception for up to three years.  Pear Tree GPs are accredited to insert, remove or replace an Implanon device.

Intrauterine devices (IUD) are placed into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.  They are a highly effective method of contraception.  There are hormonal (Mirena and Kyleena) and non-hormonal (copper) options available.  They are effective for 5-10 years, depending on the device.  Mirena can be used for contraception, to help manage heavy periods, and as part of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms.

Several Pear Tree GPs are accredited to insert intrauterine devices.  If you have a regular GP elsewhere, we can insert your IUD and then refer you back to your regular GP.

If you would like to consider the insertion of an IUD, we ask that you make an appointment to discuss the device, arrange relevant pre-insertion testing and provide you with a prescription for the device.  The IUD will be inserted at a second appointment, with the assistance of our nurses.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Intrauterine devices are suitable contraception options for people of all ages, including if you have never been pregnant or given birth.

There is no single answer to this as it depends on what is right for each individual person. Methods like implanon, the intrauterine device, tubal ligation and vasectomy are most likely to stop you from falling pregnant because of their “set and forget” process. The contraceptive pill, depot injection and vaginal ring are all good options for contraception but rely on you not forgetting to take them as instructed. Condoms are the least reliable form of contraception but important for reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections.