You and your partner will want to talk about when is the right time to expand your family. In the meantime, even if you’ve recently had a baby, are breastfeeding or have not yet had a period again following a birth, you need to think carefully about contraception and safe sex.
The NHS offers free and confidential contraceptive services, including to young people under 16, and others regardless of disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. Talk to your GP or public health nurse (health visitor) or find out more from NHS Choices.
Following the birth of a child, you may want to get advice on changing the method of contraception and explore the options that suit you and your partner best.
You may find this leaflet from the Family Planning Association useful.
Good sexual health is about being confident and in control and also about keeping yourself and others safe. It includes reducing your risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and having contraception that suits you and is reliable.
- Contraception and pregnancy: Many types of contraception are available. While they all prevent pregnancy, not all will protect against sexually transmitted infections so you may also need to use a condom.
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Most STIs can be treated with medication, and those that cannot be cured can be managed. The sooner they are treated, the less long term damage will be caused. Find out more.
- Under 25s: Sexual health services for young people, including how to get free and emergency contraception. Find out more.
- NHS Choices: Your contraception guide
- Leicester Sexual Health
- Leaflet: Your Guide to Contraception
- Leaflet: Your Guide to Contraceptive Choices- After You’ve Had Your Baby
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.
Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.
Leicester City: text 07520 615381
Leicestershire & Rutland: text 07520 615382