Family Planning Services

We provide a comprehensive family planning service, including the wide range of contraceptive services below. We also offer detailed advice and testing regarding fertility and conception, along with full AnteNatal services during pregnancy.

Contraceptive advice

Family Planning GalwayIn-depth advice is available about the wide array of contraceptive options available to women and men. These include

  • Contraceptive pills,
  • Injections,
  • Barrier methods (condoms – male and female, diaphragms),
  • Implants (Implanon),
  • Intra-uterine devices (Mirena, copper coils),
  • Longterm devices (patch, vaginal ring),
  • Permanent solutions (referral for male or female sterilisation). Please note that we do not carry out either vasectomy or tubal ligation. These procedures require referral onwards to a specialist.

The doctor will discuss these options in detail with you to help decide which is most suitable for you. Special procedures (fitting of Implanon, Mirena and copper coils) must be discussed in advance at an earlier consultation with the doctor. We can also advise regarding crisis pregnancy options.

Implanon (female)

This is a small plastic device containing a low dose of hormone, which is released slowly over three years. It is inserted into the upper arm and should be removed or replaced after three years. It can be removed sooner if necessary.

Mirena and copper coils (female)

Mirena is an intra-uterine system containing a low dose of hormone which is released gradually over five years. After this time it should be removed or replaced. It can be removed sooner if necessary. Copper coils (intra-uterine device) can also be fitted here, these are similar but contain no hormones.

Emergency contraception (female)

We offer advice regarding the need and options for emergency contraception. The post-coital pill, commonly known as the ‘morning after pill’, can actually be taken up to 3 days after unprotected intercourse, but is most effective if taken within 24 hours. The emergency coil can be fitted up to 5 days later, but is not suitable for everyone.

Galway Bay Medical Centre now offer a reduced price consultation (€30) for those who only require an assessment and prescription for emergency contraception (the ‘morning after pill’). We do however advise that, where necessary, you avail of a standard consultation which includes a long-term prescription for a more reliable form of contraception.

Nuvaring (female)

This is a small plastic ring which is inserted into the vagina and remains there for 3 weeks per month with a 1 week break after. A new ring is inserted every month. This is done by the woman herself.

Evra patch (female)

This consists of 3 weekly patches per month with a 1 week break after. Many of these long term contraceptive options are particularly useful for women who are unsuited to the pill or forgetful about taking it.

Permanent Solutions

Female sterilisation (tubal ligation) and male sterilisation (vasectomy) are permanent contraceptive procedures for those who are either happy with the size of their family or would prefer not to have children at all. Whatever your reason, you can discuss these options with the GP who can advise you and make a referral for the procedure if necessary.

Please note that we do not carry out either vasectomy or tubal ligation. These procedures require referral onwards to a specialist.

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