Contraception and Sexual Health

Contraception can help to prevent pregnancy and some sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are lots of types of contraception to choose from depending on the type of person you are, your lifestyle  and the type of sex you are having.



Emegency Contraception

If you have had unprotected sex then it's important that you take the 'morning after pill' as soon as possible afterwards. EHC is available free from GPs and also from some pharmacies if you are 13-24. For further information on emergency contraception, please visit the Devon Sexual Health website

Emergency contraception is also available at the Minor Injuries Unit in Exmouth which is open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm.


LARC (Long Acting Reversity Contraception)

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is the term used for birth control that helps prevent pregnancy after just one treatment.

There are a few different options to choose from, so you can make sure you use the one that's right for you and your lifestyle. And because they can be reversed at any time, changing your mind about using them isn’t a worry either.

But remember – while LARC will protect you against pregnancy it will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). So it would be sensible to keep using condoms to protect yourself against STIs.

If you require a coil fit or a re-fit you will need to book a face to face consultation with the GP's who provide this service. The Sexual Health clinic, Exmouth are also able to offer this service, please see there details below.  Please watch this informative four minute video

If you would like to discuss LARC please make an appointment with a doctor on 01395 441212.



Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Screening

The surgery provides testing and free treatment for STIs, such as Chlamydia. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI in the UK, around two thirds of women and half of all men with chlamydia won’t have any obvious symptoms.

If you are aged 25 and under you can register for a free of charge home test through the National Chlamydia Screening Programme.  If you test positive you will need to be seen at the surgery or a sexual health clinic.

If you are over 25 you need to pop into the surgery or a sexual health clinic for testing, the tests are still free of charge.



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Devon Sexual Health Centre (Exeter)

Locatd at the NHS Walk-in Centre, Sidwell Street, Exeter.  They provide contraception; HIV care; free testing; STI support.  

The webiste gives information on emergency contraception; contraception; STIs; sexual health; sexual wellbeing



Exmouth Sexual Health Clinic

  • Thursday 1.20pm - 3pm and 4pm - 7pm
  • Phone: 01392 284982 / 284983 and ask for Exmouth appointments
  • Offers both appointments and an emergency-only drop in service

Address: Dewdney Unit, Exmouth Hospital, Claremont Grove, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2JN


Termination of Pregnancy

Patients can self-refer to Marie Stopes services without the need for a GP appointment. The confidential telephone line – One Call 0345 300 8090 – is fully operational, day or night, 7 days a week. They aim to provide initial consultations within 48 hours and have capacity to provide treatment in clinics in Devon and Bristol.

Their Exeter clinic is located at St Leonards Practice, Athelstan Road, Exeter, EX1 1SB – available every Tuesday and Wednesday 08:00 – 16:00