FREE CONTRACEPTION IN IRELAND

Women in ireland aged 17-31 are eligible for FREE CONTRACEPTION

MY FREE CONTRACEPTION OPTIONS #MYCONTRACEPTION

IS CONTRACEPTION FREE IN IRELAND?

The following contraception methods are covered under the State Contraception Scheme. Which one is the right fit for your hormonal and sexual health?

The IUS

The IUS

99% effective

The small, flexible
T-shape

Use 3-8 years

The IUD

The IUD

99% effective

AKA the copper coil

Use 3-10 years

The Implant

The Implant

99% effective

The skin-deep method

Use 3 years

The Injection

The Injection

94% effective

The birth control shot

Use 1-3 months

The Patch

The Patch

91% effective

The sticky one

Use weekly

The Ring

The Ring

91% effective

The vaginal all-rounder

Use for 3 weeks

The Progestogen-Only Pill

The Progestogen-Only Pill

91% effective

The daily tablet

Use daily

The Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill

The Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill

91% effective

The daily tablet

Use daily

SHORT OR LONG ACTING? WHICH TYPES OF CONTRACEPTION ARE COVERED UNDER THE FREE CONTRACEPTION SCHEME?

The state contraception scheme covers a number of different types of contraception including short-acting and long-acting reversible contraceptives.  Learn about the different options available to you. 

Free contraception Ireland: Are you eligible?

Who can access free contraception?

  • A female or person with a uterus
  • Aged between 17-31
  • Living in Republic of Ireland 

What information do you need to provide to access the free contraception scheme?

  • Name and address 
  • PPS number
  • Date of birth

WHAT COSTS ARE COVERED BY THE FREE CONTRACEPTION SCHEME?

The following costs are covered by the scheme:

Consultation

Contraception consultation
The cost of your consultation with your GP or doctor to talk about your contraception options.

Prescription

Prescription for contraception given to you by your doctor
These will be given to you free-of-charge by any participating pharmacy.

LARC

The cost of fitting and removal of long-acting reversable contraception (LARCs)
including implants, IUDs and IUSs (coils).

Appointments

Any follow-up appointments relating to the implant or coil.

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception

OTHER OPTIONS #MYCONTRACEPTION

The following contraception options are available to you but not covered under the state contraception scheme:

The Male Condom

The Male Condom

82% effective

The rubber one

Use before sex

The Female Condom

The Female Condom

79% effective

The internal condom

Use before sex

The Diaphragm

The Diaphragm

88% effective

The soft latex cup

Use before sex

Natural Planning

Natural Planning

76% effective

Fertility awareness

Use daily

Withdrawal

Withdrawal

78% effective

AKA ‘the pull-out method‘

Use during sex

Male sterilization

Male sterilization

99%+ effective

Vasectomy

Permanent

Female sterilization

Female sterilization

99%+ effective

Tubal ligation

Permanent

Spermicide

Spermicide

72% effective

The spread-on solution

Use before sex

WHERE CAN I ORGANISE A CONSULTATION FOR FREE CONTRACEPTION?

You can access the free contraception scheme through your GP if they have signed up to the scheme. Alternatively, if you do not have a GP or your GP is not signed up to the scheme you can access it from some Family Planning Clinics.

You can access a number of different forms of contraception under the free contraception scheme. It is important that you organise a visit with your GP or doctor to discuss all the options and decide which one suit your needs best.

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