Contraception & Family Planning

Whatever questions you have about getting and using contraception, this guide can help.

It aims to give practical information to everyone who wants to know more about contraception, or who may have a question about the method they use or are thinking about using.

Advice for women seeking contraception, abortion and other sexual and reproductive healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic

What contraception is available?

You can find out about the 15 methods available on the NHS, together with where to get them and how to decide which method might work best for you.

Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health Service

LiSH manage the majority of services and provide outreach services, HIV treatment and care, and community sexual health testing and treatment, together with contraception, chlamydia screening and sexual health promotion initiatives.


An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it doesn’t result in the birth of a baby.

The pregnancy is ended either by taking medications or having a minor surgical procedure.

Having an abortion is your choice and yours alone.

Contraception after having a baby

You can get pregnant as little as 3 weeks after the birth of a baby, even if you’re breastfeeding and your periods┬áhaven’t started again.

Unless you want to get pregnant again, it’s important to use some kind of contraception every time you have sex after giving birth, including the first time.

You’ll usually have a chance to discuss contraception before you leave hospital after your baby is born, and again at your postnatal check. You can also talk to your GP or health visitor, or go to a family planning clinic, at any time.