December - sexual health

Looking after your sexual health - considering contraception?

In December, we’re focusing on contraception to help people of any age, including those who might be sexually active aged under 20, become more aware of the wide range of contraceptive methods, and where to get them.  We’re keen that women find out more about the Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) methods -  such as the coil (known as the IUD or IUS) and contraceptive implant  - which are widely available in Kingston.  Coils are one of the most effective methods of contraception. Once fitted by a medical clinician, the coil will stop unplanned pregnancy without you even having to think about contraception. We also want to make sure people have the right information to protect against sexually transmitted infections by using condoms alongside contraceptive methods. 

Contraception comes in many forms, in fact there are 15 methods available.  Whether a method is a good match for you will depend on a range and combination of factors. This includes your age, whether you smoke, your medical and family history, and other medication you may be taking.  To find out which might suit you and your partner best, or before changing your current method, it is important to speak first to a qualified clinician (see service listing).  However, if you want to get some more information on contraceptive options before seeking face to face advice, there are some good tools to look at online to help you decide:

If you’d like to find out more about the coil or contraceptive implant, these ‘get it forget it’ methods are described in brief on our website and in more detail on the NHS website.

Here are some of the key points about contraceptive coils

  • Coils (IUD) are one method of the most effective forms of contraception - long acting reversible contraception (LARC) - contraception you never have to remember not to forget.
  • You don’t have to remember to take anything (like you would the pill) or to use them – once fitted they do not need replacing for five to ten years. 
  • Coils and contraceptive implants do not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). By using condoms as well as the coil or implant, you'll help to protect yourself against STIs as well as unplanned pregnancy. 
  • Coils are very effective  if you do not want to get pregnant for a while, and would like to better plan the number of, or spaces, between children 
  • Contraceptive needs change over time - busy lives and the need to juggle work, study, home and social lives can make it difficult to start or get back into a regular routine with contraception. 
  • Women’s contraceptive needs can also change over the course of their fertility.  So methods which a woman might not have considered before, may now suit her better.  
  • These methods can be removed at any time. A woman’s fertility returns quickly after a LARC method is removed
  • Talking to other women about what they use is helpful – research it together! People will have their own stories to tell, but also seek a professional’s advice 
  • Coils, and other forms of long acting contraception like implants, are fitted, or removed, by specially trained doctors or nurses 
  • Coils (the IUD) can also be fitted as a method of emergency contraception up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sexual intercourse. It is the most effective method of emergency contraception. If it can’t be fitted immediately you may be advised to take an emergency contraceptive pill.
  • Coil fitting can be arranged at community sexual health clinics, such as those at Hawks Road Clinic, Merritt Medical Centre and Hollyfield House. These services are offered throughout the week, and include a Saturday morning clinic.  
  • The Wolverton Centre at Kingston Hospital can also offer coil fitting, alongside other contraception choices.
  • Many general practices in Kingston also have at least one trained clinician who can fit coils and/ or contraceptive implants. You can look at their website to check or ask in the surgery, so that you can book in with the right GP or nurse.  If your surgery cannot offer you this service on site, they can help you you to access long acting contraceptive methods with a specially trained clinician at another surgery nearby

Services

Getting a coil or contraceptive implant in Kingston is easy. Services are free and confidential, and these long acting reversible methods are suitable for women needing contraception at any age. You don't need to be registered already at any of the services. See the list below of all the sites that offer long acting reversible contraceptive methods.  

Your Healthcare

These clinics offer a range of contraception, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infection testing, and advice, regardless of age or gender. At most clinics, you can just drop-in without an appointment. However for a long acting reversible contraception method - a coil or implant fitting, you will need to call first to book an appointment or arrange it for your next visit.

Kingston

  • Hawks Road Clinic Hawks Road Kingston KT1 3EW
  • Tel: 020 8546 1115
  • Monday and Tuesday: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Wednesday : 10am to 12 noon

Wolverton Centre at Kingston Hospital

  • The Wolverton Centre, Kingston Hospital, Galsworthy Road, Kingston, KT2 7QB
  • Tel: 020 8974 9331
  • This service offers a full range of contraception (including long acting reversible methods) and STI testing regardless of age and gender.  The clinic is open Monday to Friday and there are a mixture of drop-in and appointment only clinics. Visit the website for full clinic times.

Chessington

  • Hook Surgery Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington KT9 2GY
  • Tel 020 8397 6361
  • Thursday: 4pm to 6pm (appointments always necessary)

Surbiton

  • Hollyfield House, 22 Hollyfield Road, Surbiton KT5 9AL
  • Tel 020 8339 8000
  • Tuesday: 2.30pm to 4.30pm  
  • Saturday: 11am to 1pm

GP practices

The following GP practices all provide LARC methods, and you can request coil or implant fitting sexual health appointment, even if you are not registered as a patient with them.

Berrylands Surgery 

  • Surbiton Health Centre, Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 6EZ

Brunswick Surgery 

  • Surbiton Health Centre, Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 6EZ

Canbury Medical Centre

  • 1 Elm Road, Kingston, KT2 6HR

Central Surgery 

  • Surbiton Health Centre, Surbiton, KT6 6EZ

Chessington Park Surgery 

  • Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington, KT9, 6EZ

Churchill Medical Centre

  • Clifton Road, Kingston, KT2 6PG
  • Churchill also run a contraceptive only clinic on Tuesdays 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Claremount Medical Centre

  • 2a Glenbuck Road, Surbiton, KT6 6BS

Fairfield Surgery (linked to Fairhill)

  • 14 Fairfield South, KT1 2UJ

Fairhill Medical Pactive

  • 81 Kingston Hill, Kingston, KT1 2UJ

Fairhill Practice - Kingston University site

  • Penryn Road Health Centre, Kingston, KT1 2EE 

Groves Medical Centre

  • 171 Clarence Avenue, New Malden, KT3 3TX 

Holmwood Corner Surgery 

  • 143 Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6DR

Hook Surgery 

  • Merritt Medical Centre, Merritt Gardens, Chessington, KT9 2GY 

Kingston Health Centre

  • 10 Skern Road, Kingston, KT2 5AD 

Langley Medical Practice

  • Surbiton Health Centre, Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 6EZ

Orchard practice 

  • Gosbury Hill Health Centre, Orchard Gardens, Chessington, KT9 1AG 

Red Lion Road Surgery

  • Mediventure, 1a Red Lion Road, Tolworth, KT9 7QG

Roselawn Surgery 

  • 149 Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6AA

Sunray Surgery 

  • 97 Warren Drive, Tolworth, KT5 9QD 

Village Surgery 

  • 157 High Street, New Malden, KT3 6JD

West Barnes Surgery

  • 229 West Barnes Lane, New Malden, KT3 6JD 

Other Kingston sexual health services

There are also a range of FREE and CONFIDENTIAL Kingston sexual health services specifically designed to meet the needs of young people aged under 25. These include:

  • KU19 health clinics for those aged 19 and under (call 020 8549 6323 or text 07781488019)
  • online chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing. Visit: www.freetest.me
  • local community pharmacies offering free chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing, chlamydia treatment and partner notification, emergency hormonal contraception and free condoms
  • Come Correct (C-card) free condom scheme
  • YES (youth enquiry service) mobile bus covering a range of issues related to young people  

All these services can help give some LARC advice to young people, and details for all of them can be found at: www.gettingiton.org.uk/services

For more information on all age Kingston sexual health services, go to: www.kingston.gov.uk/sexualhealth  

If you’d like to give any feedback on local sexual health services, you can contact the Public Health sexual health team - email: [email protected]