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Safe Sex and Sexually Transmitted Infections
Well Woman Centre, 2008 (96k)
Sexually transmitted infections are caused by bacteria and viruses which can be passed from one person to another during sexual contact. If left untreated they can cause serious and irreversible damage to your pelvis. This may result in pelvic pain, increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies or make you infertile due to complete blockage of your fallopian tubes. Some of the infections have widespread effects on vital organs. click to download

The Mini Pill
Well Woman Centre, 2008 (100k)
The progestogen-only pill, often called the “Mini Pill”, contains one hormone only: norethisterone – which is a type of progestogen. click to download

Post Termination Care
Well Woman Centre, 2008 (208k)
If you terminate your pregnancy, Well Woman recommends that you come to us for a medical check-up about three weeks after the termination. The check up has three elements: click to download

Intrauterine contraceptive devices
Well Woman Centre, 2008 (92k)
There are two types of intrauterine device (IUD) used in Well Woman Centres for long term contraception – a device containing progesterone called Mirena, and a device containing copper, the Copper T 380. click to download

A guide to contraception
Health Promotion Unit, 2006 (1.1MB)
Choosing a method of contraception or family planning that you like and feel comfortable with means you will be able to relax and enjoy sex more, without the worry of an unplanned pregnancy. click to download

Implants and Injectable Contraception
Well Woman Centre, 2008 (84k)
Implants (Implanon) and injectable contraception (Depo-Provera) both contain progestogen. A slow release of this type of hormone over time provides very good contraception. click to download

The Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill
Well Woman Centre, 2008 (224k)
There are several contraceptive pills available in Ireland. Most contain a combination of two hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. The progestogen-only pill or “Mini Pill” is described in a separate information leaflet. click to download

Emergency Contraception
Well Woman Centre, 2008 (92k)
Emergency Contraception is prescribed for women where there is a risk of pregnancy occurring, i.e. that unprotected sex took place near the estimated date of ovulation. However, many women will not have regular menstrual cycles or will not be aware of their ovulation patterns. Therefore it is advisable to use Emergency Contraception if unprotected sex has occurred regardless of where you are in the menstrual cycle. click to download

 
     
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