Sexual health

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Sexual health services in Ireland include the following:

Contraception, emergency contraception & advice

There are many methods of contraception available to women and men. In Ireland you can discuss your contraceptive choices with your GP or family planning clinic as you may need to experiment to find what works best for you.

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COVID update:  If your prescription is due for renewal, and you’re not in a position to get a new prescription, your pharmacist may be able to provide you with additional supplies of your contraception if it is safe and appropriate to do so.

If you have had unprotected sex, or your contraception has failed, you could be at risk of getting pregnant.

Emergency contraception (morning after pill) is more effective if you take it as soon as possible after you have had unprotected sex. Talk to your GP, family planning clinic or pharmacist about the best emergency contraception option for you. Medical card holders can now get emergency contraception directly from a pharmacy, free of charge, without having to go to their GP for a prescription.

COVID update: If you need emergency contraception, phone your pharmacist, who may be able to carry out the consultation over the phone, before you go to the pharmacy for the medicine. This will reduce the amount of time you need to spend in the pharmacy. 

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Unplanned Pregnancy information & counselling

An unplanned pregnancy may leave you feeling worried and confused. My Options is a HSE free phoneline that provides free and confidential information and counselling to people experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

Unplanned pregnancy counselling can support you during a confusing time. It can help to talk to someone who can support you to find the answers to your questions and find what options you have available to you.

Interpreters are available.

Please see FAQ for contact details and what to expect from counselling sessions.

COVID update: Unplanned pregnancy counselling services provide phone or remote support. 

Abortion services will continue to be provided.  It may not be possible or suitable for you to attend a doctor in person. You can have your pre-abortion consultation by phone or video link with a doctor.

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STI and HIV testing, treatment & support service

COVID update: There are significant restrictions to public STI services.

Contact your local STI clinic or GP to check their testing service availability.

Read FAQ’s to learn more about STI and HIV services in Ireland.

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