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.

Paul Cotter

Bad Dog, 16 Seapoint, Barna, Galway