This section provides information and advice for healthcare professionals. There are also many useful links to various websites.

Faculty of sexual and Reproductive healthcare:

This website has information on all aspects of contraception, and the Clinical Effectiveness Unit can answer many clinical quieries

Here is new guidance on emergency contraception.

UK medical eligibility criteria:

This is a guide to benefits versus risks of the methods of contraception with regard to various medical conditions. There is a summary document, or a full version

Method specific guidance:

For more detailed guidance on: Barrier methods, Combined hormonal contraception, Emergency contraception, Intrauterine methods, Progestogen-only contraceptives and sterilization, and for advice on the management of unscheduled vaginal bleeding in women using hormonal contraception, click here.

For advice on drug interactions, click here.


For guidelines on the management of heavy menstrual bleeding

For guidelines on under 18 conceptions and STI’s.

Deep Implants:

There is a deep implant service which G.Ps can refer to in Plymouth. If an implant is impalpable, removal should not be attempted but we are happy to receive referrals for assessment and possible guided removal if appropriate.

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV:

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV is the UK’s leading professional organisation dealing with all aspects of Sexual Health Care including clinical guidelines, information about STIs and HIV and current research in the field of sexual health.


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Accessing our service

In response to the emergence of COVID-19 we have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We are currently experiencing high demand for our Sexual Health Services across Devon and Torbay with unprecedented demand in Exeter. Please note always review urgent cases the same day. If your need is urgent and you are struggling to reach us keep trying as our phone system will explain how to access same-day care with us.

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception here.

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - from a local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info