Family Planning

Family planning (contraception) is a safe and efficient way to manage your sexual health and wellbeing.


Contraception for Women

There are several different types of contraception to choose from, and it is important you find the type of contraception that is best for you.

Each type of contraception varies in how effective it is at preventing pregnancy, how much it costs, how easy it is to use, and whether it also protects against sexually transmitted infections (STI). Using two types of contraceptive methods, such as the pill and condoms, increases protection against both pregnancy and STIs.

We are happy to discuss all contraception options available to you so you can make an informed decision as to which type of contraception will work best for you.

The Well-Woman Centre is a valuable resource for you to learn more about the different types of contraception available to women. Just click on the links below to find out more.

Contraception options available to women at Briarhill Family Practice include:

Progestogen Only (Mini) Pill

  • The Desogestrel pill

  • The Norethisterone pill


Combined contraception

  • Combined contraceptive pill (the pill)

  • Contraception vaginal ring

  • Contraceptive patch


Emergency Contraception

  • Morning after pill

  • Emergency coil


Implants (Implanon) and injectable contraception (Depo-Provera)


Intrauterine Contraceptive Systems and Devices

  • Mirena coil

  • Jaydess coil

  • Copper coil

Please call reception for more information or to book an appointment.


Vasectomy Counselling

A vasectomy involves a minor procedure in which the tubes that carry sperm from a man's testicles to his penis are cut, blocked or sealed. 

Vasectomy works by stopping sperm from getting into a man’s semen. This means that when a man ejaculates, the semen has no sperm and a woman’s egg cannot be fertilised.

Vasectomy is considered a permanent procedure so it is important for you and your partner (if you are in a relationship) to consider your options fully.

We are happy to guide you through what’s involved in the process and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using vasectomy as a form of contraception.

Please call reception for more information or to book your appointment.


Useful Link

NHS – Guide to Vasectomy


Content developed from HSE and NHS Choices
is adapted for Briarhill Family Practice by Briarhill Family Practice.

Fertility Assessment

Fertility is a common health concern for many people in Ireland with 1 in 6 Irish couples experiencing problems when trying to conceive.

There are many different factors that can affect you and your partner’s fertility. Whether you are trying to conceive, have some concerns about your fertility, or would like to talk to us as an individual or as part of a couple, we can help.

We perform an initial fertility assessment that looks at your overall health and lifestyle. This assessment helps us to find any issues which may be influencing your fertility health.

Your fertility assessment includes:

  • A full bloods profile

  • Body mass index (BMI)

  • Blood pressure

  • Hormone levels

  • Vitamin D and vitamin B12 levels

  • Medical history review

  • Lifestyle nutritional advice

  • Semen analysis for men – this is only available through a private lab assessment which can incur a separate fee for the patient

  • AMH (antimullerian hormone) analysis for women

For women, we perform the blood tests on two separate occasions on specific days of your cycle. Please work out when the first day of your last menstrual cycle occurred so we can schedule your appointments for the correct time.

If you or your partner’s test results indicate a potential problem, further testing may be advised. If required, we will recommend a referral to a consultant who has specialist experience in fertility.

Please call reception for more information or to book your appointment.