We offer a full range of contraceptive methods and can help you choose the best method for you
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.
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
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:
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:
Long acting reversible contraception (LARC)
Long acting contraceptive methods are the most effective at preventing pregnancy.
Long acting reversible methods include:
- The intrauterine device (IUD)
- The intrauterine system (IUS)
- The contraceptive implant
- The contraceptive injection
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 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.
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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:
|Time after having your baby||Up to 48 hours||48 hours - 3 weeks||3 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|
|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 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.
St Leonards Hospital
To book an appointment
call 020 7683 4103
Or just drop in