Accessing Long Acting Reversible Contraception

Local clinics offering Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

The quickest way to access an appointment for a long acting reversible contraceptive such as a coil or implant is to contact one of the local clinics. They will usually schedule an initial telephone appointment and then book you in for the procedure.

If you are struggling to get through to local clinics

Most appointments at our local clinics are released at 12:00 on weekdays and gone by 12:01, so it may be worth setting a reminder to access a slot.

Alternative providers of LARC

You can also call Marie Stopes International’s Reproductive Choices – service on 0345 300 2350 for appointments in Lambeth.

Accessing LARC appointments at Brockwell Park surgery

This service is only available to patients registered at the practice.

It is usually quicker to access an appointment at a local family planning clinic (see above).

If you would like to be put on the practice waiting list for coil insertion, coil exchange, implant insertion, implant exchange or implant removal, please complete our Coil and Implant Waiting List Request form.

Please provide details of your current method of contraception, and which procedure you would like to have. Please let us know if you have any particular concerns about the procedure. If you are asking for an exchange, please include the expiry date for your current device (if known).

Coil insertions in breastfeeding women

Fitting a contraceptive coil in the first 6 months after delivery in a breastfeeding woman is associated with a roughly 11-fold higher risk of perforating the womb. As a result, we encourage breastfeeding women to use alternative contraception in the 6 months after delivery.

Coil removals

There is no waiting list for coil removals. In most cases, this is a very simple procedure which simply involves pulling on the threads while you cough. This can be done in a routine nurse appointment.

NB sperm can live for up to 7 days, so please make sure there is no unprotected intercourse for 7 days before a coil removal or a coil exchange, or else there may be a risk of pregnancy.

More information on different LARC methods

We fit the mirena coil (52mg progesterone) and the smaller kyleena device (19.5mg progesterone).

We only fit the Nova T380 device. This is licensed for 5 years in patients under 40, and for as long as needed if fitted after your 40th birthday