Whatever your sexuality or gender identity you can get friendly, confidential and accurate advice and support when visiting us. Our staff are here to help, not to make judgements about you.
All methods of contraception are available at Cripps Health Centre and are provided free of charge by the NHS. Please book an appointment with the Practice Nurse. Alternatively, if you have a Nottingham City postcode you can go online to access free repeat contraception, emergency contraception and STI testing at SH:24. https://sh24.org.uk/ .
Choosing the best method for you
To help you decide which method would suit you best and to compare different methods please use the Contraception Choices website
Family Planning Association information leaflets about each method are available at the end of this page.
Emergency Contraception can be used up to 5 days after unprotected sex. However, the earlier you use it the better chance there is that it will be effective so you should seek advice as quickly as possible.
The most effective form of emergency contraception is the non-hormonal coil or IUD which can be fitted here at Cripps Health Centre or by the Nottingham Sexual Health Service at Victoria Health Centre
There are also two types of emergency contraceptive pill which are available from Cripps Health Centre or the Nottingham Sexual Health Service but they are also available without a prescription from a pharmacy (although you may have to pay for this).
Please contact us on 0115 846 8888 and ask to speak to the Duty Nurse for further information regarding emergency contraception. If we are closed please call the Out of Hours service on 111.
You should also consider having tests for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), please scroll down for further information regarding STI’s.
Implants and Coils
If you are interested in an implant (Nexplanon) or a coil which could be called an IUCD (non-hormonal copper coil) or an IUS (Mirena or Kyleena which contains progestogen) please let reception know at the time of booking your appointment as you may need an appointment to discuss this first.
Advice before a contraceptive implant fitting
Your new implant
Advice before a coil is fitted
Your new coil
Contraceptive Pill, Patch, Ring & Injection
Please book an appointment with the Practice Nurse for any of the above on 0115 846 8888
How to take the Combined Contraceptive Pill
Using a condom may help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). Condoms are available free of charge to young people aged between 13-24 years living in Nottingham City via the C-Card scheme. http://www.ccardnottingham.com/
Students – If you don’t have any symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection but would still like to have free sexual health screening and register with the C-Card scheme, please book an appointment with a Health Care Assistant (HCA) at Cripps Health Centre Tel: 0115 846 8888. If you would just like to register for the C-Card scheme, contact Nottingham Sexual Health Service https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/sexual-health-services Tel: 0115 9627 627 or the Student Union Advice Centre on C floor of the Portland Building. Tel: 0115 846 8730
Non-students – book an appointment with a Health Care Assistant (HCA) at Cripps Health Centre to have STI screening and to register for a C-Card or contact Nottingham Sexual Health Service https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/sexual-health-services Tel: 0115 9627 627.
Termination of Pregnancy
If you are concerned about pregnancy please contact us on 0115 846 8888. If you know you are pregnant and are unsure of what to do the following information may be helpful: https://www.fpa.org.uk/sites/default/files/pregnant-and-dont-know-what-to-do.pdf
If you decide that you don’t want to continue with the pregnancy the following information may answer some of your questions regarding abortion: https://www.fpa.org.uk/sites/default/files/abortion-your-questions-answered.pdf
You can self-refer to BPAS for advice and to organise an abortion. Tel: 03457 30 40 30 www.bpas.org or book a GP appointment.
Planning a Pregnancy
Before you stop using contraception please read the advice provided by the Tommy’s midwives at https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/planning-pregnancy
Contraception following pregnancy
Please discuss contraception with your midwife, Nurse or GP as many forms of contraception can be started immediately after a termination or delivery and do not affect breastfeeding.
It is important to speak to your GP or Practice Nurse before stopping contraception.
British Menopause Society https://thebms.org.uk/
Sexually transmitted Infections (STI’s) are very common and you may not have any symptoms. It is a good idea to use condoms to protect yourself from infections and have screening at the start of a new relationship.
STI screening (if you don’t have any symptoms) is available to people aged under 25 at Cripps Health Centre Tel: 0115 846 8888. Please ask Reception for a 'Clinic One' appointment. Routine testing includes a blood test for HIV and syphilis and a vaginal swab (women) or urine sample (men) for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. You may be asked personal questions but we ask the same of everyone to assess risk and what type of tests you may need, so don’t take it personally as it will help to identify what you need.
Self-testing for Chlamydia is available at Cripps Health Centre to those aged under 25. You will find self-testing kits outside the toilets located in the main Reception area of Cripps Health Centre. The sample is a lower vaginal swab for women (it is OK to take a swab whether you are on your period or not) and a urine sample for men (do not pass urine for at least 1 hour before the sample). You can come in to use a kit without an appointment and you will receive a text message with the result.
If you are aged over 16 and have a Nottingham City postcode you can access free postal tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea at SH:24. Free postal HIV and syphilis tests are available from Freetesting HIV | Free HIV Kits for Self-testing at Home
If you are aged over 16 and live outside Nottingham City you can access free postal chlamydia & gonorrhoea tests from Free Chlamydia and STI Test • Freetest.me
If you have symptoms of an STI please contact Nottingham Sexual Health Service https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/sexual-health-services Tel: 0115 9627 627.
If you are paying for or being paid for sex then you may be at increased risk of STI’s. Please access support and advice here at Cripps Health Centre or Nottingham Sexual Health Service https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/sexual-health-services Tel: 0115 9627 627
Information about STI’s can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page and also here: https://www.bashh.org/guidelines https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis/
HIV, Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) & Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
If you are concerned about HIV please make a GP appointment or contact Nottingham Sexual Health Service. Tel: 0115 9627 627 https://www.nuh.nhs.uk/sexual-health-services
PrEP is available at https://www.iwantprepnow.co.uk/
More info about HIV & AIDS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hiv-and-aids/ https://www.tht.org.uk/
Vaccinations are available for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Please discuss with the Practice Nurse about your eligibility for free vaccinations.
Cervical Screening – Smear test
You will receive a letter inviting you for your first smear test shortly before your 25th birthday. Please contact us for an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Information about the screening service and what to expect at your smear appointment can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/
Information about HPV and cervical cancer can be found here: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/
Please make an appointment with a GP if you wish to discuss any gender-related issues.
Information about Nottingham based services and support groups:
Information regarding NHS screening programmes for trans people can be found here:
Specialist Sexual Health Counselling
This service is available for both male and female clients (16 and over). All clients who meet
the criteria are offered an initial clinical assessment to ascertain suitability and then, if appropriate, clients can be seen for up to 8 sessions. If people meet any one of the criteria below and are living in Nottingham City or a Southern Borough then this service may be for you:
- Engaging in risky sexual behaviour.
- Engaging in Chemsex
- Have a diagnosis (either recent or historic) of an STI that is creating emotional concern.
- Have difficulties with sexuality or gender identity
- Have difficulty adhering to medication for HIV.
The Sexual Health Services counselling service is available at a selection of venues depending on individual need. People can be seen at either:
CHANDOS CLINIC, CITY HOSPITAL
VICTORIA HEALTH CENTRE, GLASSHOUSE STREET
GU MEDICINE BUILDING, CITY HOSPITAL
Clients can self-refer or referrals are accepted from other agencies. Anyone interested in
the counselling service or referring in can contact the team via
Email: SHS.Counselling@nuh.nhs.uk or Tel: 01159 627 627
The Topaz Centre SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) offers free support and practical help
to anyone in Nottinghamshire who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.
The service is completely confidential and you do not have to give any personal information in order to get help.
If you would like to speak to someone, please call freephone 0800 085 9993 or visit https://www.topazcentre.org/#
Public Health England Sexual Health Information
The following information leaflets were produced by Public Health England and contain reliable information which you may find helpful:
Guide to understanding reproduction Bodyworks - Understanding Your Body And Reproduction (sexwise.org.uk)
Your Guide to Contraception your-guide-to-contraception.pdf (sexwise.org.uk)
The Combined Pill the-combined-pill-your-guide.pdf (sexwise.org.uk)
The Progestogen Only Pill Progestogen-only Pill (POP) - Your Guide (sexwise.org.uk)
The Contraceptive Patch contraceptive-patch-your-guide-2019.pdf (sexwise.org.uk)
The Contraceptive Vaginal Ring contraceptive-vaginal-ring-your-guide-2019.pdf (sexwise.org.uk)
Long acting reversible contraception long-acting-reversible-contraception-your-guide.pdf (sexwise.org.uk)
Contraceptive Injections contraceptive-injections-your-guide-Feb-21_0.pdf (sexwise.org.uk)
The Contraceptive Implant Contraceptive Implant- Your Guide (sexwise.org.uk)
Intrauterine Device IUD IUD (intrauterine device) - your guide (sexwise.org.uk)
Intrauterine System IUS IUS (intrauterine system) - your guide (sexwise.org.uk)
Diaphragms and Caps Diaphragms and Caps - Your Guide (sexwise.org.uk)
Your Guide to Condoms Your guide to condoms (PDF) | Sexwise
Natural Family Planning Natural Family Planning - Your Guide (sexwise.org.uk)
Male and Female Sterilisation Your Guide to Male and Female Sterilisation (PDF) | Sexwise
Emergency Contraception Emergency Contraception - Your Guide (sexwise.org.uk)
Contraception after having a baby Your guide to contraceptive choices – after you’ve had your baby (PDF) | Sexwise
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)
Chlamydia Chlamydia - Causes, Symptoms, Tests, Treatment (sexwise.org.uk)
Genital Herpes Genital Herpes - Causes, Symptoms, Tests, Treatment (sexwise.org.uk)
Genital warts Genital Warts (PDF) | Sexwise
Gonorrhoea Gonorrhoea (PDF) | Sexwise
HIV HIV - Causes, Symptoms, Tests, Treatment (sexwise.org.uk)
Non-Gonococcal Urethritis Non-Gonoccal Urethritis - Causes, Symptoms, Tests, Treatment (sexwise.org.uk)
Pubic Lice & Scabies Pubic Lice and Scabies - Causes, Symptoms, Tests, Treatment (sexwise.org.uk)
Syphilis syphilis-information-and-advice.pdf (sexwise.org.uk)
Trichomonas Trichomonas Vaginalis - Causes, Symptoms, Tests, Treatment (sexwise.org.uk)
Thrush & BV Thrush and Bacterial Vaginosis (sexwise.org.uk)
Oral Sex Oral Sex - Looking After Your Sexual Health (sexwise.org.uk)