Contraception – Easy read

Contraception can stop you getting pregnant when you have sex.

Condoms are worn over a man’s penis and stop sperm from getting out.

Condoms also help to stop you getting infections when you have sex.

If you are a woman, there are more types of contraception you can use.

You can have an injection that stops you getting pregnant.

You could have a device fitted that stops the sperm inside you.

You could take a tablet every day that stops you getting pregnant.

It can seem confusing.

If you call us on 0300 303 3989 we can help to explain.

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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