Sexual health

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. Download the Your Contraceptive Choices leaflet in ArabicChinesePolishRussian, RomanianFrench, Portuguese, and Urdu.

Free contraception for all women aged 17 to 31 is now available.

The costs covered include:

  • GP or doctor’s appointments – to talk about contraception options and for repeat prescriptions when needed
  • prescriptions given by your doctor-approved products will be given free of charge at participating pharmacies
  • your choice of contraception – from the types covered below
  • fittings and removals of implants and IUDs or IUSs (coils)
  • any check-ups or other follow-up care needed, relating to your implant or coil
  • emergency contraception (morning-after pill)

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.

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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 https://www.healthpromotion.iefind what options you have available to you.

Unplanned pregnancy counselling services provide phone or remote support.

Interpreters are available. Get My Options leaflet in Albanian, Arabic, Bangla, French, German, Hindi, Lithuanian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu.

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


Abortion services

Abortion services continue to be provided. You can have your pre-abortion consultation by phone or video link. If the doctor needs to see you in person, they will tell you. You can find out which doctor in your area offers this service by calling the myoptions freephone helpline number at 1800 828 010. 

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STI and HIV testing, treatment & support service

A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is an infection that is passed on through sexual contact with someone who is infected.

Free and confidential public STI and HIV testing and treatment services are available. Read FAQ’s for more information on what to do if you think you have an STI, how to prevent them, testing and treatment available in Ireland.

Free home STI tests

The HSE free home STI testing service is now available to anyone aged 17 or older who lives in the Republic of Ireland. You can:

If you have symptoms of an STI or need urgent support, you should contact your local STI clinic or GP.

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