Sexual Health

Sexual Health –Contraception Service (EXCLUDING EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION)

What problems can the service help with?

GP Practice:

Clinicians will be able to provide contraception for contraceptive purposes. They may also be able to prescribe for non-contraceptive purposes (e.g. heavy menstrual bleeding).

Some practices may be able to offer condoms – does yours??


Solent Sexual Health Contraception Service:

Contraception for contraception purposes only, including routine contraception and long acting reversible contraception (LARC, e.g. coil or contraceptive implant.


The service is also able to provide condoms. They can be ordered online at

If you are under 25 you will also be able to pick up condoms from ‘Get It On sites’ see .


What problems can’t the service help with?

Solent Sexual Health Contraception Service:

Males requiring a vasectomy will require a GP referral into the service.


Contraception coils for non contraceptive use (e.g. for heavy menstrual bleeding) will require a GP referral or will be managed by the practice.


Who can use the service?

All females can access their GP practice or the Solent Sexual Health service to discuss their access to contraception for contraceptive use.


Free condom services available to males and females. If you are over 16 and live in Portsmouth, Southampton or Hampshire (excluding Isle of Wight) you can order free condoms direct to your door. see


Under the age of 25 you can get condoms via the Get It On scheme (for more information see


How does patient access the service?

Solent Sexual Health Service:

Telephone 0300 300 2016 8am open from 8am-8pm, seven days a week.

Alternatively, appointments can be booked online from their website

Some of the clinics offer same day appointments, released for booking online or over the phone from 8am.


Get It On (GIO) Free Condom distribution scheme (for under 25s):

GIO venues can be found at .

You will need to contact the venues direct to identify when you can access free condoms from there.


What can patient expect when they contact service?

Solent Sexual Health Service:

Services are free, non-judgemental, and strictly confidential.

If you’re 13 to 15 years old, you have the same rights to confidentiality as an adult.

The Single Point of Access telephone is staffed by non-clinical patient advisors who can book appointments, or get you in touch with the most appropriate member of staff to help you with your query.

They offer support and advice with conditions or problems, and signposting to other services as appropriate.


Get It On (GIO) Free Condom distribution scheme:

You will need to visit a GIO C-Card venue* where a trained worker will have a confidential chat with you.

This will include some personal questions so they can make sure they’re giving you the correct information and advice, and they will teach you how to use a condom.

Once that’s done, you will be given your GIO C-Card and some free condoms.