Feeling embarrassed about speaking with your GP or nurse about contraception? There is absolutely no need to be! It’s a topic they are used to dealing with, day in, day out.

They will ask simple questions to find out what contraception will best suit your needs and lifestyle, and are in a position to answer any queries you may have.

Before you go, you may find it helpful to fill out this form to help decide what's right for you and bring it with you to your appointment. It will provide answers to many of the questions they will ask on the day, and give a clear overview as to your contraception needs.

Top tips for speaking with your GP or nurse

Be prepared – What do you want your contraception to do for you? Taking time to consider your needs means you will find the conversation easier and more useful during your appointment.

Be practical – With around 12 different methods to choose from, there's a good chance you will find one which is right for you and your lifestyle. For example, will you remember to take a pill at the same time every day, or are you looking for a more long term option?

Be assured – There is no need for embarrassment! Contraception is a normal part of life but one many people are not confident discussing. Your GP or nurse should be able to answer your questions and help guide you to the best contraception for you.

Be informed – Taking some time to research your contraception options will make you feel more informed and confident when discussing your needs with your GP or nurse, meaning you will get the most from your appointment. There are many options available to you.

Be honest – Talking about your sexual history may not be your favourite conversation, but it is vital to consider it when choosing the best method of contraception for you. If you have multiple, or casual, partners, or you or your partner has been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it’s worth visiting your local genito-urinary medicine (GUM) or family planning clinic for peace of mind. STIs including syphilis, chlamydia, genital warts and herpes have been on the increase in Ireland for a number of years. If an STI goes undiagnosed, it can lead to more serious, permanent consequences, including infertility in women.
Remember: Condoms offer protection against many STIs.

If you are still feeling embarrassed about discussing it with a GP or nurse, why not talk to a friend or family member first?

The information on this website is educational only and is not intended to be used for any self-diagnosis purposes nor to replace the advice of your doctor or healthcare professional. Please consult your doctor or healthcare professional for further information on your contraceptive options. This website is intended for use by residents of the Republic of Ireland only. This website is developed and maintained by MSD Ireland (Human Health). See www.msd.ie for more information.

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Job code WOMN-1178118-0000 Date of preparation: July 2016