Hazelhill, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.

Contraceptive Services

Contraceptive Services

At Hazelhill Family Practice, we provide consultations for patients who wish to discuss contraception and the various contraceptive options available to them.

When someone is considering their contraceptive requirements, they should be aware that options are divided into two main types:

  • Short acting contraceptives – this type of contraception requires regular prescriptions. One example of this form would be ‘the pill’.
  • Longer acting contraceptives – these provide a longer lasting contraceptive solution. Implanon or the various coils would be forms of this type of contraception.

When you consider how many different forms of contraception there are, it is important to take the time to learn more about them and to find the method that suits you best. At Hazelhill Family Practice we can provide information and counselling about the various contraceptive options available and to talk through the possibilities so that the solution that best suits your needs can be selected.

Some of the contraceptive services we offer or provide information and guidance about at Hazelhill Family Practice are listed below.

How do I make an appointment at Hazelhill Family Practice?

To book your Contraceptive Services appointment at Hazelhill Family Practice click here and fill in the appointment form.

You can also call the Hazelhill Family Practice on 094 9630091.

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Mirena Coil

The Mirena coil involves the fitting of a small coil inside the uterus. There the Mirena coil emits a progesterone which inhibits fertility and prevents pregnancy. The Mirena coil is effective for a period of up to 5 years. We provide full consultations, fittings and removal of the Mirena coil at Hazelhill Family Practice.

Copper Coil

Copper coils are an effective form of contraception for women who want a reliable method which does not involve any use of hormones. These small, plastic devices are fitted into the uterus and works by preventing sperm from surviving. The copper coil is 99% effective and lasts for 5 to 10 years. Copper coil consultations, fittings and removals are provided at Hazelhill Family Practice.

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Implanon

Also referred to as the contraceptive implant, Implanon is a small plastic rod that is fitted under the skin of a patient’s upper arm. The implant then releases a hormone which prevents pregnancy occurring. It lasts for 3 years. We provide consultations as well as fittings and removals of Implanon at the Hazelhill Family Practice.

Hormone injection (also known as ‘Depo-Provera’)

This form of contraception involves a progestogen hormone being injected through a small needle. The hormone halts ovulation, so operates like ‘the pill’ in preventing pregnancy. In fact the injection is over 99% effective. The treatment lasts for a period of 12 weeks. Hazelhill Family Practice provides the hormone injection to our patients.

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The Pill (also known as the Oestrogen and Progestagen Hormone tablet)

The pill is a tablet which is taken orally and includes the hormones oestrogen and progestagen. The pill works by chemically telling the ovaries not to release an egg. The pill does not suit everyone but it is remarkably popular, the second most common form of contraception in Ireland after condoms. At Hazelhill Family Practice we provide detailed information and advice about how to use the pill, along with prescriptions.

Nuvaring (also known as the Oestrogen and Progestagen Ring)

The Nuvaring is a vaginal ring has become increasing popular over the last 10 years. It is worn inside the vagina like a tampon and provides the same hormones as are contained in the Pill. We provide advice and guidance about the use of the Nuvaring at Hazelhill Family Practice. 

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Evra (also known as the Oestrogen and Progestagen patch)

The Evra patch is worn on the skin (usually the leg, arm or buttocks) and releases the same hormones as the Pill. Hazelhill Family Practice provides advice and guidance about the use of the Evra patch.

Mini Pill (also known as the Progesterone only tablet)

The major difference between this form of contraception and the Pill, is that it doesn’t contain the hormone oestrogen. At Hazelhill Family Practice we provide detailed guidance about this option as well as further information about the use of the Mini Pill.

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Diaphragms

Diaphragms function by fitting inside the vagina and covering the cervix. This blocks sperm from getting near the egg. In this sense they function like a condom, but unlike a condom they do not need to be fitted just before sex. At Hazelhill Family Practice we provide advice as to how to fit the right diaphragm and how best to use it.

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