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 during the COVID pandemic

How to access our service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic. Clear advice for people with symptoms of coronavirus is available at .

Advice from our service:

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

More details on the fitting of LARCs (coils and implants) at our service can be found here

If you need the combined contraceptive pill please try (if you can) to get updated measurements of your height, weight and blood pressure before calling us.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

Self-requested Sexual Health screening by post is available for for under 25s only - more info here

For others with testing requirements please contact the service on 0300 303 3989.

Alternative provision:

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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

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