Last Updated: April 13, 2015

Contraception & C Card Schemes

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There are different methods of contraception available


It’s best to ask a trained nurse or doctor for advice for what method is best for you.


Male and female condoms are the only form of contraception that prevent pregnancy and stop sexually transmitted infections passing from one person to the other.


If you are sexually active, it’s best that you always use a long term form of contraception such as the implant or injection as well as condoms.


Find out about different contraception options, how they work, and where to get advice on the NHS choices website


To find out how to put on a condom, please visit the c-card website


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 Emergency Contraception:


If you have had sex without contraception or you think your contraception has failed you, you still have options.


The emergency contraceptive pill can be taken up to three days (72 hours) after unprotected sex, it is most effective within 12 hours. A coil may be fitted 5 days after unprotected sex. The sooner the better.


You can get the emergency contraception pill for free from your doctor, some school nurses, pharmacies, sexual health clinics and young people’s clinics.


Click here to find out your most local venue where you can get the emergency contraception pill for free.


For more information on emergency contraception, please visit the NHS contraception guide.



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The C Card scheme allows young people to get access to FREE condoms, lubricants and ask any questions they have about sex, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and relationships.


You don’t have to be having sex to use this service; the advice is free and confidential and is aimed at helping young people make the right choice about sexual health.


What is a C Card?


A C-Card enables Young people (aged 13-24 years if you live in Nottingham City and 13-19 years if you live in Nottinghamshire County) to get free condoms, lubricant contraception and sexual health advice from a number of places, within the local community.


How do I get a C Card?


To get a C Card you need to attend a registration point.


All we need is some basic information from you, the young person, (this is confidential). You will then be registered after a quick chat about sex and relationships.


Once this is complete and the worker feels you are ready for a C Card you will be given a small plastic card (c card) with your own personal ID number, and can start accessing free condoms and lubes.


Nottingham City C Card website:


To find your nearest pick up and registration points in Nottingham City, please download the directory below


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Nottinghamshire County C Card website:


To find your nearest pick up and registration points in Nottinghamshire County, please download the directory below


C Card Nottinghamshire Directory of sites