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Contraception

If you would like to discuss the different contraception options available, or are concerned about your sexual health, contract your doctor.

You can also attend the sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. To make an appointment, or for opening times of the drop-in clinics, call 020 8836 6969.

If you are under 25, you can attend a Contraceptive and Sexual Health (CASH) clinic for young people. The services available at CASH clinics are free, confidential and referral is not necessary. Clinics are available in health centres, usually on a walk-in basis, across Bexley.

 

Emergency contraception

The emergency contraception pill is available at doctor’s surgeries, some pharmacies and the Urgent Care Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup.

It must be taken within three days (72 hours) of unprotected sex but it is more effective the sooner it is taken. Avoid the worry of an unplanned pregnancy in the future and talk to a health worker (doctor, practice nurse, school nurse, pharmacist, CASH clinic advisors) to discuss your contraception needs.

Emergency contraception is also provided free under a special scheme from participating outlets for those aged between 14 and 25. Over 16s can also buy emergency contraception from some pharmacies in Bexley. View the pharmacies services guide via the left hand menu to find a local pharmacy offering emergency contraception.

If you think your usual method of contraception may have been unsuccessful, please speak to your doctor, pharmacist, or the CASH clinic. Remember, Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) must be taken within three days (72 hours) of unprotected sex but is more effective the sooner it is taken.

 

Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH) clinics for young people

CASH Clinics provide free and confidential advice for young people up to the age of 25.

CASH clinics offer advice on:

  • a range of contraception
  • emergency contraception
  • pregnancy testing
  • Chlamydia screening kits and treatment
  • sexual health
  • C-Card and condoms

No appointment is necessary for the CASH clinics – just turn up during the clinics opening hours. Find your local CASH clinic.
 

Bexley C-Card scheme

If you live in Bexley and are age 20 or under, you can get free condoms by joining the Bexley C-Card scheme.

During the registration process, you will be shown how to use condoms effectively, how to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and will be given information about local sexual health services. After twelve uses of the C-Card, you will meet with an advisor to discuss how you are getting on with the scheme.

C-Cards can be used to obtain free condoms at many pharmacists, some youth centres, and all CASH clinics.

 

 

 

 

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