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SEXUAL HEALTH

Cervical smears

Female patients will be sent reminders from County Durham and Tees Valley Health Authority when their cervical smear is due. Please contact reception to book your appointment.  

If you have problems getting to the surgery you may prefer to use the Well Woman Clinic in other areas.  Please ask reception staff for the latest providers.

Coil (IUCD – Intrauterine Contraceptive Device)

Please discuss this form of contraception with your doctor who will refer you to the appropriate clinic.

Emergency contraception ( the ‘morning after’ pill)

If you have unprotected sex, and do not wish to become pregnant, it is very important that you receive this form of contraception immediately and within 72 hours at the latest. Evidence shows that it is more effective the earlier you take it. Please make an appointment with your doctor as quickly as possible. Some pharmacies also provide this service if a trained pharmacist is on duty.

Oral Contraceptive Pill ( OCP)

If you have not used this type of contraceptive before you will need to see your doctor to prescribe it initially. After that, you will need to see one of our practice nurses once a year for a pill check. They will check your health to make sure you can continue to use this type of contraceptive. If you have any concerns or problems with your pill at other times please make an appointment to see your doctor.

Contraceptive injection

If you have not used this type of contraceptive before you will need to see your doctor or nurse practitioner to prescribe it initially.  They will check your health to check if you are suitable for this form of contraception.

Testicular self-examination

It is important for men of any age to regularly examine their testicles for signs of disease. Please pick up a leaflet that explains the best way to do this. If you think that you have a problem please make an appointment to see your doctor quickly.

 

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