Sexual Health & Contraception
We provide a full range of contraceptive services and sexual health advice. During your consultation we will discuss all options and help you choose the right method for you.
Our GPs are highly experienced in fitting Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) such as coils (intrauterine devices/systems) and the contraceptive implant (the bar). We also provide the contraceptive injection.
We also offer sexual health advice including STI screening and support.
Make an appointment with your GP to discuss your options.
National Free Contraception Service
Women and people with a uterus aged 17 to 26 can get contraception for free. You do not need a medical card to access this service.
Make an appointment with your GP to discuss your options for contraception. If you are aged 17-26, you do not have to pay for your GP visit or any prescriptions you get.
What costs are covered?
The costs covered include:
GP appointments - to talk about contraception options and for repeat prescriptions when needed
any prescriptions given by your doctor - these will be given free of charge at participating pharmacies
your choice of contraception - from the types covered below
fittings and removals of implants and IUDs or IUSs (coils)
any check-ups or other follow up care needed, relating to your implant or coil
emergency contraception (morning after pill)
Types of contraception covered?
There are many types of contraception covered by this service. You may need to experiment to find what works best for you. Emergency contraception is also covered. You can choose from a range of contraception listed below. These include short-acting contraceptives and long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs).
Short-acting contraceptives are are types of contraception that depend on you remembering to take or use them regularly or each time you have sex. These include the:
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are types of contraception that you do not have to remember to take everyday. These include the:
copper coil (intrauterine device/IUD) and hormonal coil (intrauterine system/IUS)
How to get free contraception?
Make an appointment with your GP to discuss your options for contraception. If you are aged 17-26, you do not have to pay for your GP visit or any prescriptions you get. You do not need a medical card to access this service.
To access free contraception you need to be:
a woman or person with a uterus
aged between 17 to 26
living in Ireland
You will need to give us your PPS number, name, date of birth and address. We need this to make sure that you are in the 17 to 26 age group covered by the free contraception service. You will also need to present your PPSN in the pharmacy when you collect your prescription.
Emergency contraception from pharmacies
Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if your contraception fails. For example, a condom slipped/broke or you missed a pill. If you need the emergency contraceptive pill (the morning after pill), this can be given over-the-counter at participating pharmacies for free. You will need to give your PPS number, name and address at the pharmacy. They need this information to make sure that you are in the 17 to 26 age group covered by the free contraception service.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
STIs are infections which spread during sexual contact. Many people have STIs without having symptoms. STIs can affect anyone. STI screening (testing) is the only way to find out if you have an infection. Most STIs can be easily treated.
If you have NO symptoms, you can have STI screening with your GP (book online here) or you can attend a free clinic in St James Hospital or request a free online test kit.
If you think you HAVE symptoms of an STI and may need treatment, we advise you to make an appointment to see your GP or attend the free clinic in St James Hospital.
Unplanned Pregnancy Care
If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and would like more information, follow this link to HSE MyOptions information.
Unplanned pregnancy counselling support is available for you and your partner. This is a free HSE service and sessions can be arranged face to face or by telephone.
We provide unplanned pregnancy care in our practice. We will look after you in a sensitive, professional and confidential manner. You can arrange your appointment online (for existing patients of the practice) or by phoning reception, if we are not your registered GP.
Useful Links & Resources
Sexualwellbeing.ie - contraceptive choices, sexually transmitted infections, free home STI kits, unplanned pregnancy information
HSE Your Sexual Health - resources and information
MyOptions.ie - Information and support on all your unplanned pregnancy options, including continued pregnancy supports and abortion services.
This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.