During consultations with the nurses, doctors and clinical pharmacists, patients may discuss all aspects of sexual health and sexuality including HIV, Hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, and health screening (cervical cytology testing/’smears’, breast checks, and testicular examination). All consultations follow the strictest rules of medical confidentiality. If you wish to arrange to speak with a clinician about these, please contact our reception team on 0113 295 4488. Some services may be available via online booking or via the electronic service PATCHs but please see the individual sections on methods for details.
All appointments for these reasons are free. Contraception methods available on prescription are free when issued via the National Health Service either via your registered General Practitioner/GP or via the national network of sexual and reproductive health clinics. We are here to help
Please see the links on contraception methods available and for further information on our key services.
Unable to decide? Get in touch with us via LSMP reception on 01132954488 to make an appointment with our trained clinical pharmacists, nurses, and doctors to discuss your options.
Are you already using a method that you started before you arrived in Leeds and wish to continue? Get in touch with us via LSMP reception on 01132954488 to make an appointment with our trained clinical pharmacists, nurses, and doctors to discuss this.
The methods include the copper intrauterine device, the 5-day emergency pill containing ulipristal acetate, and the 3-day emergency pill containing levonorgestrel. It is very important that you seek medical advice as soon you realise that you may need emergency contraception. There is a limited time window for this to take effect so please contact us within 72 hours.
The pills can be purchased in pharmacies without the need to see a doctor at the time. The pills can also be prescribed after a consultation with a trained clinical pharmacist, nurse, or GP at the Practice.
The Practice can offer the copper intrauterine device as an emergency. This may be available after you have consulted with a health care worker to see if this is an option on this occasion for you. This offer depends on individual circumstances as there may be time restrictions when offering this service as an emergency.
You can contact the Practice on 0113 2954488 during our opening hours to make an appointment with a clinical pharmacist, nurse, or GP to discuss this. Please say on the phone when you call that you need, or think you need, emergency contraception.
Please have a look at the following NHS-approved website for information on the three options.
- Emergency contraception | Contraception Choices
- Where to get the morning after pill (for free) | NHS – YouTube
– please note that the oral method does not just work on the ‘morning after’ as mentioned above.
- Emergency contraception pills are available from local pharmacies and from I need emergency contraception – Leeds Sexual Health
Please see the NHS-approved video below if you have opted for the copper intrauterine device as an emergency. You may also want to look at the copper IUD section under ‘Contraception methods’ on this web page.
At Leeds Student Medical Practice, we offer all the currently available methods of prescribed contraception including the different types of contraceptive pills, the patch, the vaginal ring, and all the long-acting reversible contraception methods, also known as ‘LARCs’ for short. The LARC methods include the contraceptive injection, the contraceptive implant, and the intrauterine devices, previously known as “coils”.
How effective your contraception is depending on the type you use and whether you use it correctly.
Some methods are more effective than others. You need to follow the instructions and use your contraception correctly for it to be as effective as possible.
With some methods, such as the implant, there’s no need to remember to take or use them. These are known as methods with “no user failure”.
No contraceptive is 100% reliable, and some can have side effects. Have a look at the following link for more information.
This NHS-approved video gives an overview of the methods available in the UK. The video is just under 12 minutes long and has audio as well as subtitles. Access to contraception through LSMP as your GP practice/any GP Practice and the national network of sexual health services is free. Contraception is free on prescription even if you pay prescription charges for other medications.
There are many methods of contraception available. Some methods may be more suitable or effective for you than others. It is highly recommended that you speak with a clinical pharmacist, nurse, or GP at the Practice so they can help you to find the right method for you. Your medical health history, family history and personal choice will all be considered in finding the right method.
You may also want to look at this NHS-approved website for further information on each method: Contraceptive methods | Contraception Choices.
If you have decided what you would like to use, get in touch with us via LSMP reception on 01132954488 to make an appointment with our trained clinical pharmacists, nurses, and doctors to discuss your options.
Pregnancy testing kits are available from all pharmacies and many supermarkets. The tests available to buy are very similar to tests available to GP Practices.
If you are concerned that you are pregnant and would like to discuss this, please get in touch with us via LSMP reception on 01132954488 to make an appointment with our trained clinical pharmacists, nurses, and doctors.
These pharmacists provide free pregnancy testing to those under 25s.
What if I am worried if I am pregnant?
Termination of Pregnancy
If you prefer, you can refer yourself directly for termination without seeing us first. You do not need to see a health care worker at the Practice for a referral. Termination of pregnancy is available via the NHS and privately within timeframes identified in UK law.
If you have an unplanned pregnancy and wish to discuss it with us first, you can make an appointment via LSMP reception on 01132954488 to chat to any of our GPs or Practice Nurses who will be happy to support you and help you come to your decision.
You may wish to discuss contraception if you have had a termination of pregnancy. Please get in touch with us via LSMP reception on 01132954488 during our opening hours to make an appointment with our trained clinical pharmacists, nurses, and doctors.
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 to more severe problems if left untreated, which is why it is essential to get tested.
If you do not have any suspicious symptoms, you can collect a Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea self-test kit from our reception desk during our opening hours or ask your doctor/nurse/ clinical pharmacist for a kit when you attend for a face-to-face appointment.
If you are experiencing symptoms including pain passing urine, pain in lower abdomen or pain in testicles, pain with sexual intercourse, change to vaginal discharge, penile or rectal discharge, then please get in touch with us via LSMP reception on 01132954488 to make a face-to-face appointment with one of our trained nurses or doctors. Please do not use the self-test kit if you are having these symptoms as you would benefit from medical advice at the time of the symptoms.
You can find more information about gonorrhoea, chlamydia, and sexual health from this NHS approved website:
HIV and other related testing
Blood tests for HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are also available at LSMP if you have discussed this with a GP at the Practice in an appointment first.
You can find more information about HIV testing and sexual health in general from this NHS-approved website:
Testing in Leeds is available in several other settings to enable you to have a choice of time and location. These testing services in Leeds are FREE and confidential.
Leeds Sexual Health is a specialist service which is also available for all your sexual health needs. It is based at The Merrion Centre and other sites around Leeds.
Cervical Cytology testing
This test is not a test for cancer. It is uses as a way of preventing cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities which, if left untreated, could develop into cancer of the cervix.
Irrespective of their gender, everyone with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64, is eligible for a free cervical cytology screening test every three to five years. These tests may be more frequent if any changes are found.
Please ask for a cervical smear appointment if you are aged over 24. This will be arranged with one of our Nurses.
Click here for more information about cervical cytology testing, also known as ‘smears’.
Unfortunately, at present, trans men with a cervix may fall out of the automatic national recall system if their gender marker has been changed on their GP health records. One of our trained nurses will contact you if this applies to you based on information in your GP-held medical records but if you feel you are due a smear test or have not had surgery to remove your cervix, please contact us on 0113 295 4488 to arrange a phone appointment to speak to a nurse or GP about this test.
Training in contraception and sexual health
Leeds Student Medical Practice is a centre for training in specialist contraception including 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 or nurse at your appointment. The doctor or nurse from Leeds Student Medical Practice will be always present. If you are uncertain about any aspects of this, please contact us via reception on 0113 2954488 and we can arrange for you to discuss this.