Curragh Grange Family practice provide a range of contraceptive advice tailored to individual patient needs, preferences, and health considerations. We typically offer information about various contraceptive methods available, including hormonal contraceptives such as the combined oral contraceptive pill, progestogen-only pill, contraceptive patch, contraceptive injection, and contraceptive implant.

Additionally, our GPs may discuss long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) options like the contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD or coil) and the contraceptive implant (Nexplanon). Barrier methods such as condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps may also be recommended. During consultations, GPs assess factors such as medical history, lifestyle, reproductive goals, and any underlying health conditions to provide personalized contraceptive advice. We also may discuss the effectiveness, benefits, potential side effects, and risks associated with each method to help patients make informed decisions.

Furthermore, our GPs emphasize the importance of using contraception consistently and correctly to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Additionally, they may provide counseling on emergency contraception options and advise on fertility awareness-based methods for those who prefer non-hormonal approaches. Overall, GPs play a crucial role in offering comprehensive contraceptive counseling and support to individuals seeking family planning services in Ireland.

Frequently Asked Questions

lower hormone dose
better control of irregular bleeding
compliance- no missed pill rules
economic (less consultations, less cost overall)

It is advised day 1-4 of menstrual cycle or period for fitting of the implant ( or ‘the bar’). The Mirena would be day 1-5 likewise. If you are already on the contraceptive pill and have been taking it as necessary the GP can fit the coil during your cycle providing you haven’t missed or delayed in taking any of the pills during that cycle since your previous period.

There are mainly two types of hormonal oral contraeption- the mini pill- which is taken daily without a break. It comes in a pack of 28 tablets.  Usually, when initiating this pill, one starts it on the first day of their menstrual cycle- day one of the period.