4 Blenheim Walk, Leeds LS2 9AE

Phone: 0113 295 4488

Contraception & Sexual Health

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Contraception and Sexual Health

At Leeds Student Medical Practice we offer all the currently available methods of prescribed contraception including all the contraceptive pills and all the LARC (long acting reversible contraception) methods. These include the contraceptive injection, the contraceptive implant and the intrauterine methods known as “coils” (IUS and the IUD)

Throughout the UK these services are provided FREE of charge to all

Brook and FPA have a contraception selection tool to help make choosing contraception easier. Visit the Brook tool or the FPA Tool and have a go

All our Practice Nurses and our GPs have an excellent knowledge of contraception and sexual health and are here to help you make your choice

You can come in for a same day appointment, Monday to Friday 08:30 to 15:00 or you can make a booked appointment at your convenience in our designated Family Planning Clinics

Thanks to the unique population of the Practice, we welcome doctors and nurses from other practices to participate in training under supervision with our experienced training team. We also participate in research studies and are an active member of the Clinical Research Network


IUD IUS fitting advice

Make sure you have read the IUD and/or the IUS leaflet that you have been given. Anything you are not sure about should be discussed with the doctor before you come for the fitting. Arrange to have a Chlamydia test before the fitting – if this has not been done you can get a Chlamydia self-test kit from Reception

Timing of the insertion of the IUD/IUS depends on the contraception you are currently using:

  • The IUS/IUD can be fitted during the first seven days of your cycle – counting from the first day of bleeding of your normal period
  • If you are currently using reliable contraception (the combined contraceptive pill, progesterone only pill, contraceptive injection (Depo), contraceptive implant (Implanon/Nexplanon), vaginal ring, or contraceptive patch) the IUD/IUS can be fitted at any convenient time. Do not stop your current method of contraception. If this is the pill, you must continue to take the pills up to the day of your fitting
  • If you are NOT using one of the above methods you must not have sexual intercourse from the first day of your period until the day of fitting. (Condoms are NOT sufficiently reliable even if you are very careful how you use them)
  • If you are having an IUS/IUD removed or replaced you must not have sexual intercourse in the seven days before your appointment

 If you do not comply with these important points the doctor/nurse may not be able to fit the IUD/IUS when you attend

On the day of the procedure

  • Do not arrange to have your IUD/IUS fitted if you have an important commitment the same day (in case you feel uncomfortable afterwards and/or need to stay in the surgery for a while after the fitting)
  • Do not drive to the surgery for your coil fitting appointment (as you may feel too uncomfortable afterwards to drive)
  • Have something to eat before you come, this will make you less likely to feel faint during and after the fitting
  • To help with the discomfort take some painkillers (e.g. Ibuprofen 400mg after food) one hour before your appointment
  • The doctor will try to fit the IUD/IUS you ask for but sometimes other factors such as your anatomy and medical history may mean she has to advise something different
  • We ask you to use sanitary towels (not tampons) for the first few days after the fitting

Leeds Student Medical Practice is a centre for training in specialist contraceptive techniques, including IUDs/IUSs (intrauterine devices). This means there may be a qualified doctor or nurse, who may be male or female, working alongside the Leeds Student Medical Practice doctor at your appointment. The doctor from Leeds Student Medical Practice will be present at all times. If you are uncertain about any aspects please telephone us for advice (0113 295 4488) – you will be directed to one of the contraceptive trained doctors or nurses who will be able to answer your questions


Emergency Contraception 



Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea Testing

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are common sexually transmitted infections affecting both men and women and can be transmitted through unprotected oral, vaginal and anal sex. Sometimes they are not easily noticed and can lead on to more serious problems

It is not easily noticed and can lead onto more serious problems if left untreated, which is why it is important to get tested

You can collect a simple Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea test kit from our Reception desk or ask your doctor or nurse for one when you attend for any appointment

Patient.co.uk offers more information about Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea


Sexual Health and HIV Testing

Testing in Leeds is available in a number of settings to enable you to have a choice of time and location. These testing services in Leeds are FREE and confidential

The Leeds Centre for Sexual Health is a specialist service for all your sexual health needs. The Centre for Sexual Health is based at Leeds General Infirmary


Pregnancy testing

Pregnancy testing kits are available from all pharmacies and many supermarkets

These pharmacists provide free pregnancy testing to under 25s



There are a number of locations in Leeds where under 25s can get free condoms


Cervical Screening

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer. It is a method of preventing cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities which, if left untreated, could lead to cancer in a woman’s cervix (the neck of the womb)

All women between the ages of 25 and 64 are eligible for a free cervical screening test every three to five years

Please ask for a cervical smear appointment if you are aged over 24 and one of our Practice Nurses will be very happy to see you for your smear test. More information about Cervical Smears


Termination of Pregnancy

If you have an unplanned pregnancy and wish to discuss it with us you can come and chat to any of our GPs or Practice Nurses who will be happy to support you and help you come to your decision

Come down for a same day appointment or telephone 0113 295 4488 for a booked appointment

If you prefer you can refer yourself directly for a termination without seeing us first


Association of  hormonal contraception and Depression 

The CEU recommends that women should be informed by their contraceptive provider that HC may affect mood but there is no clear evidence that hormonal contraception causes depression.  CEU statement

Useful Resources

Leeds Sexual Health

Leeds Sexual Health clinic times

Family Planning Association

FPA:Talking sense about sex

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV

Brook (the country’s largest young people’s sexual health charity)


NHS Choices website