We offer a full range of contraceptive methods and can help you choose the best method for you

Sexual health worker sitting in a consultation room

Until further notice, access to Homerton Sexual Health is via telephone assessment only

Please ring to schedule a telephone consultation and a member of staff will return your call. Please do not come in to our clinics unless we have advised you to after a telephone consultation.

020 7683 4103

At the moment we are only providing services from the Clifden Centre, Homerton University Hospital.

The Emergency Department (A&E) is for emergencies only. A&E services are under extreme pressure at the moment. Please do not attend A&E for sexual health problems.

The easiest way to get a check-up is to order a testing kit online from SHL - Sexual Health London

Order tests

We are vetting all appointments in the Jonathan Mann Clinic. Do not attend unless we have contacted you.
Please click the link below for information about appointments, medication and advice for people living with HIV:

Jonathan Mann Clinic

If you are on the IMPACT (PrEP) Trial, click the link below for more information:


Please do not attend any of our clinics if you or someone you live with are suffering from fever, a new continuous cough, or difficulty in breathing. Follow the link below for advice:

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My Contraception Tool

This online tool can help you choose which contraceptive method might suit you best.

Access it here

Long acting reversible contraception (LARC)

Long acting contraceptive methods are the most effective at preventing pregnancy.

Long acting reversible methods include:

We can administer injections, and fit and remove implants in the walk-in clinic, or by appointment.

If you would like an IUD or IUS fitted, please make an appointment by calling 020 7683 4103, or book online.

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex or when the usual method of contraception is believed to have failed (a split condom, missed pill etc).

Emergency contraception can be in the form of a pill or an intra-uterine device (IUD or the coil) and can be used up to 3-5 days after unprotected sex.

The emergency IUD is the most effective method of emergency contraception.

The IUD can be fitted within 5 days of unprotected sex. However, if more than 5 days have passed we may still be able to fit one - please discuss this with the doctor or nurse.

  • The emergency IUD does not cause an abortion
  • It can be used if you are breastfeeding
  • It can be used as ongoing contraception for up to 10 years

Emergency pills are more effective the sooner you take them. Emergency pills should not be seen as a regular method of contraception - it is much better to use a reliable method every time you have sex.

Click here for more information.

Contraception after having a baby

Studies have shown that fertility can return as soon as three weeks after having a baby - even before periods start again. It is good to start thinking about contraception even before you have had your baby.

The table below summarises which contraception can be used in the first few months after having a baby:

Contraception after your baby
Time after having your baby Up to 48 hours 48 hours - 3 weeks 3 weeks -
6 weeks
From 6 weeks
Combined pill / patch / vaginal ring Not suitable Not suitable Suitable -
if not breastfeeding
Progestogen only pill ("mini pill") Suitable Suitable Suitable Suitable
Implant Suitable Suitable Suitable Suitable
Injection Suitable Suitable Suitable Suitable
Mirena coil (IUS) Suitable Not suitable Suitable - from 4 weeks Suitable
Copper coil (IUD) Suitable Not suitable Suitable - from 4 weeks Suitable
Diaphragm Not suitable Not suitable Not suitable Suitable
Emergency pill     Suitable Suitable
Emergency coil (IUD)     Suitable - from 4 weeks Suitable



Contraception is available from all of our sexual health clinics

We also run a specialist postnatal contraception clinic at the Ivy Centre.

Ivy Centre in Hoxton (Sexual Health)

Ivy Centre
St Leonards Hospital
Nuttall Street
N1 5LZ

Wednesday afternoons

To book an appointment
call 020 7683 4103

Or just drop in

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