Coronavirus information for patients

Our telephone line is open if you need to speak to somebody because you have symptoms of an STI, need emergency or routine contraception, or if you have any sexual health concerns. Please call 0121 237 5700 (Monday to Thursday: 09:00 – 18:30 / Friday: 09:00 – 16:30 / Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00).

Our clinics are open for pre-booked telephone appointments only. We are not seeing walk-in patients at this time.

If you require PEPSE, don’t delay in contacting us during our opening hours. PEPSE can be taken up to 72 hours after exposure to HIV.

If you have a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature, please do not attend your appointment

Coronavirus advice

Copper bearing intrauterine device (IUD) (the coil)

The IUD is a small, T-shaped plastic device which contains copper, which is put into the womb through the vagina by a specially trained doctor or nurse.

The IUD is different to the intrauterine system (IUS). The IUS has hormones in it; the IUD does not.

The copper in the device disables the sperm, and stops the sperm reaching the egg, which prevents fertilisation. It may also stop a fertilised egg implanting in the womb. It can stay in place and prevent pregnancy for between 5 and 10 years, depending on the type of device.

The IUD is over 99% effective and is the only LARC method that doesn’t have hormones in it.

There are three different types of IUD.

You can have a coil fitted at an Umbrella clinic.

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Did you know, you can get the coil fitted at some GP practices? Contact your GP or check our service locator to find out whether they offer this service.

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Not sure which type of contraception is right for you? Worried because you've had sex without a condom? Let us help you choose the right option.

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See the FPA website for a range of downloadable leaflets on contraception and sexually transmitted infections.

View FPA leaflets