If you have had unprotected intercourse (if you have had sex without a condom) and are worried you might become pregnant then you should take emergency contraception(morning after pill). You have 72 hours to take the tablet after the event , but the earlier you take it the better. Pregnancy can still occur after taking this pill, as it is not 100% reliable, so if your period is still late you can get a free pregnancy test at the surgery. The other option is to have an emergency intra uterine coil, this has a failure rate of no greater that 1%, which can be fitted in the first 5 days.
Emergency contraception may not prevent an eptopic pregnancy. This is when the pregnancy starts to develop in the tube to one side of the uterus. If you period is late you should get a pregnancy test done, or if you having abdominal pain or strange bleeding you should see a doctor to rule out an eptopic pregnancy.
If you get a prescription from a doctor for the “morning after pill” then it is free at the chemist, however you can go directly to the chemist without a prescription and purchase it for £23.
If you are between 13 and 19 you can obtain emergency contraception directly from the chemist free of charge, Please ask for a private word with the Pharmacist.
If you are ringing for an appointment please tell the receptionist that you need an urgent appointment that day for a personal matter. It is best to see you for an appointment but if you really cannot make it, we can try and sort things out over the phone. Please ring from 8.00 to 18.30 Monday to Friday. The local chemist in Bellingham is open late on a Monday till 18.30 , other days 17.30 and Saturday Morning 9 till 12.30. If the event happened on a Friday night then it is probably best to get an appointment with the Out Of Hours doctors who will see you at Hexham Hospital and give you a prescription there, which you could get at Tesco in Hexham over weekend. For Saturday night and Sunday , ring for urgent appointment at the surgery on Monday .
Other things to think about
Do you need some future contraception ie the pill, implant , condoms Come and talk to us at the surgery or if you want information why not use our young persons consultation facility.
Are you worried about sexual infections, if you are then please make an appointment at the surgery or with GUM ( Genito Urinary Medicine) team in Hexham via 01670 543131.