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What services do family planning clinics provide?

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What services do family planning clinics provide?
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Family planning clinics offer free, confidential advice and information on contraception and sexual health. You can get details of your nearest family planning clinic from your phone book, doctor, hospital or health authority.

Family planning clinics can be used by women, men and young people (including those under 16 years of age). Most health authorities will also have services especially for young people. You can refer yourself, or be referred by your doctor, or another health worker. You may need to book an appointment to see the doctor. Many clinics also run walk-in clinics.

Clinics provide a range of services. Many will provide:

  • advice about contraception,
  • the combined oral contraceptive pill,
  • the progestogen-only pill,
  • progestogen injections,
  • limited supplies of free condoms,
  • free emergency contraception,
  • advice about sexually transmitted diseases,
  • cervical screening,
  • unplanned pregnancy advice,
  • free pregnancy tests,
  • pre-conception advice and fertility awareness information, and
  • fitting and checking of caps, diaphragms and coils (intrauterine devices or IUDs).

Some may offer specialist services, including:

  • incest, rape, and sexual abuse counseling and referral,
  • vasectomy counseling and procedures,
  • pre- abortion and post- abortion counseling and referral,
  • menopause clinics,
  • sterilization counseling and referral,
  • 'Well Woman' screening, and
  • hormonal coil (IUS) and implant fitting or retrieval.
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