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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
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 Contraceptive 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
The timing of the insertion of the IUD/IUS depends on the contraception you are currently using:
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
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)
Contraceptive Sub Dermal Implant (also known as ‘Nexplanon’ or SDI) – your fitting appointment
You must have discussed the Implant in detail with a doctor or nurse at Leeds Student Medical Practice prior to being able to make an appointment for the fitting
The timing of the insertion depends on the contraception you are currently using:
If you do not comply with these important points or have had emergency contraception recently, the doctor/nurse may not be able to fit the IUD/IUS when you attend and you may need to rebook.
We recommend that you have a chlamydia test prior to your Implant fitting.
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
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
Leeds Sexual Health is a specialist service for all your sexual health needs based at The Merrion Centre and other spoke sites around Leeds.
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 is not a test for cancer. It is a method 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 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 test.
Click here for more information about cervical cytology testing ‘smears’.
Unfortunately at present transmen may fall out of the national recall system if their gender has been changed on their health records. We are currently in the process of devising a protocol for patients registered at LSMP, but in the interim if you feel you are due a smear test or have not had surgery to remove your cervix, please speak to a doctor or nurse.
We recognise cervical screening for transmen can be more daunting and emotionally challenging and hence patients may find it more difficult to attend. Here at LSMP, we believe in equality and aim to make the process as easy for you as possible. If you want to book the test directly you can do so via reception. If you have any concerns regarding the procedure please book in with a GP to discuss.
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 people 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
Brook (the country’s largest young people’s sexual health charity)