Where can I get contraception in the UK?

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This article on where to get contraception was updated by the Great British Mag team on 2 November 2021.

Contraception, also known as birth control, is widely available in the UK. Roughly 15 different types of contraception are available to the public. Some types of contraception, such as condoms, can be bought at supermarkets, pharmacies or health and beauty shops like Boots and Superdrug.

If you would prefer medical contraception, such as pills or patches, you can get these for free at your GP’s office or local sexual health clinic. Sexual health clinics also offer free testing for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and information about sexual health.

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What is the British attitude towards contraception?

Generally speaking, Brits have a very laid-back attitude towards contraception and sexual health. People will not judge you for buying condoms or visiting a sexual health clinic. In fact, they probably won’t even notice. Many Brits pick up condoms as part of their weekly shopping.

Contraception services are free, legal and confidential. Your doctor or nurse will not tell anyone why you have visited them unless they suspect that your health or welfare are at serious risk. If they suspect this, they will ask for your permission before referring you to any other services.

In the UK, people think that it is important to be safe, responsible and well-informed about sexual health. Do not be afraid to ask your doctor or nurse questions. If you think that something may be wrong, it is always better to talk to a medical professional and have tests done.

Where can I get good information about contraception?

Start with the NHS. You can also contact Brook which offers sexual health advice to young people under 25. If you are studying in Northern Ireland, Common Youth offers similar services to Brook.

You can also ask for information at your university’s health clinic.

If you have a question for our resident Brit drop us an email at ukbbf@greatbritishmag.co.uk

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