Contraception is the use of various devices, drugs, agents, sexual practices, or surgical procedures to prevent conception or pregnancy. In the articles linked below, we provide information on the various forms of contraception available, their effects, and how they work.
To find out more about your contraceptive options, visit our services section and make an appointment.
From Monday 17th October 2022, we are offering appointments through the Free Contraception Scheme for women aged 17 – 25, find out what you will need to access free contraception.
COMBINED ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILL
The combined oral contraceptive pill, often simply called “the Pill”, contains oestrogen and progestogen. There are different amounts of oestrogen and different types of progestogen depending on the particular pill.READ MORE
Emergency Contraception is prescribed for women where there is a risk of pregnancy occurring, i.e. that unprotected sex took place near the estimated date of ovulation. However, many women will not have regular menstrual cycles or will not be aware of their ovulation patterns. Therefore it is advisable to use Emergency Contraception if unprotected sex has occurred regardless of where you are in the menstrual cycle.READ MORE
IMPLANTS AND INJECTABLE CONTRACEPTION
Implants (Implanon) and injectable contraception (Depo-Provera) both contain progestogen. A slow release of this type of hormone over time provides very good contraception.READ MORE
INTRAUTERINE CONTRACEPTIVE SYSTEMS
There are three types of intrauterine system (IUS) used in Dublin Well Woman Centres for long term contraception. They release progesterone directly into the uterus. The Mirena intrauterine system provides safe effective contraception for 5 years. The Jaydess intrauterine system lasts for 3 years and the Kyleena intrauterine system lasts for 5 years..READ MORE
INTRAUTERINE CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES
At the Dublin Well Woman Centre we use two types of copper intrauterine device (IUD) for long term contraception. The Copper T 380 device provides safe effective contraception for at least 10 years. The Mini TT 380 copper lasts for 5 years.READ MORE
PROGESTOGEN MINI PILLS
Most contraceptive pills contain a combination of oestrogen and progestogen but Progestogen-only pills (POPs), often called “Mini –Pills”, contain only one hormone. There are two types of POP available in Ireland, one contains desogestrel and the other contains norethisterone. They have different modes of action, effectiveness and rules for taking them.READ MORE
LARCS - THE MYTHS & FACTS
Explore the myths and facts about Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives in this infographic.READ MORE