FSRH January 2024 update to Mirena 52mg IUD

The Mirena 52mg LNG-IUD has now been licensed for 8 years (previously 5 years) for contraception. Please note if you are using this coil for hormone replacement therapy purposes, it will still need to be changed every 5 years. For more information, click here.


There are many types of contraception available and none are perfect. The contraception choices website provides honest information on the effectiveness and the risks and benefits of each sort. You may already know what you want. If not, this tool may help weigh up the pros and cons.

Our clinics can provide different forms of contraception. You can also access contraception from your GP. All GPs in Hertfordshire can provide the Contraceptive Pill and Injection. If you are already taking the oral contraceptive pill and just need a new supply you can access this online through SH:24

Some GPs offer other types of contraception e.g. coil, implant, which are known as Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC). Click on the full map below to show which GPs offer coils and implants in Hertfordshire. Services can change so please make sure you contact them first for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Demands for contraception services are high, so there will be a waiting list. The average waiting time for a coil insertion at one of our clinics is currently around 4 weeks and you will require a consultation prior to your coil procedure. Your GP may provide a LARC service and you can contact them to check if they may be able to provide this sooner. If you're due to have your coil removed or replaced and are unsure of what coil device you currently have, please contact your original provider to find out this information before you have your coil consultation. 

Condoms are the only contraception that protect against pregnancy, STIs and HIV. Used correctly, they're 98% effective. Condom guide. Get It provides free condoms which can either be posted out to you, or collected from over 100 different pharmacies and youth services. Click here to register and start accessing free condoms, STI tests, and support.

There is also the condom video here which we have alongside the other SHH videos.