Sexual health services overview

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.

Condoms offer the best protection from both an unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Using ‘dual protection’ (condoms with another method of contraception) will help you to have safer sex. Plan ahead and carry contraception with you. Download the Your Contraceptive Choices leaflet in your language here.

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.

Click here for further information on your emergency contraception.

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.

Find Face-to-face pregnancy counselling

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 for more information on what to do if you think you have an STI and how to prevent them. Learn more about testing and treatment available in Ireland.

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