This page contains information, links and resources for prescribing of contraceptives

When prescribing contraception, information should be given on all available methods taking into consideration medical eligibility. This should include contraceptive effectiveness (including factors that alter efficacy), non-contraceptive benefits, health risks, and side effects to allow an informed decision to be made on the most suitable choice.

All currently available long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods (intrauterine devices (IUD), the intrauterine system (IUS), injectable contraceptives and implants) are more cost effective than the combined oral contraceptive pill even at one year of useThey are also the most reliable method of contraception. IUDs, the IUS and implants are more cost effective than the injectable contraceptives. Please see NICE guidance CG30.

See SWISH (Somerset Wide Integrated Sexual Health Services) for local services throughout Somerset.

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