Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Women Are Being Given More Choice; Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains Why Tyneside Pharmacists Are Now Offering Long-Term Contraception Services

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Women Are Being Given More Choice; Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains Why Tyneside Pharmacists Are Now Offering Long-Term Contraception Services

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Byline: HELEN RAE

WOMEN considering longterm contraception can go along to a number of pharmacies offering a free new sexual health service.

Four pharmacies in Newcastle are now providing long acting reversible contraception which offer women wider choice and convenience.

Unlike other forms of contraception LARC methods do not have to be taken daily and some last for up to 10 years.

Certain pharmacists in the city are offering two types of LARCs: * the contraceptive injection which contains progestogen and is repeated every 12 weeks, and; * the implant - a small rod which is placed under the skin - usually in the upper arm - and slowly releases progestogen.

These last up to three years but can be removed earlier if the women wishes.

Judith Stonebridge, public health specialist in sexual health at NHS North of Tyne, said: "The pharmacists involved in providing this service have undergone specialist training and give confidential sexual health advice and support to meet local women''s needs.

"They also provide free emergency contraception and chlamydia screening and have private treatment rooms where patients can discuss their sexual health with the pharmacist.

"There are a number of contraception methods available for women to choose from and it is important that women discuss the range of options available to them.

"It is really positive that some pharmacists in the city are now able to provide women with this advice and support.

"It is important that women choose a method of contraception that suits them and for many women LARC methods are an ideal choice as they don''t have to remember to take them everyday.

"However we would always advise using a condom as well as their chosen method of contraception to offer protection against sexually transmitted infections."

Pharmacists, GPs and staff at your local sexual health service can provide advice and support about the different methods and how they compare. …

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