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Non-hormonal contraception

Non-hormonal contraception

General practice nurses (GPNs) are often involved in helping women and their partners to choose appropriate and reliable contraception. Effective contraception gives women the freedom to choose when to try for a baby and when to avoid pregnancy, whilst still enjoying fulfilling sex lives. The range of contraception methods available can be split into two main groups: hormonal and non-hormonal. Non-hormonal contraception is used by a significant number of people and will be the subject of these multiple choice questions.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at intermediate level, tests your knowledge of non-hormonal contraception. Complete the resource, including the recommended reading and some or all of the suggested activities, to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.

Aims and objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:

  • Reasons for considering non-hormonal contraception
  • The use of natural family planning methods
  • How to support women using the diaphragm for contraception
  • The place for intrauterine devices (as opposed to hormone containing intrauterine systems)
  • How the female condom can be used for contraception


HSCIC (2014) NHS Contraceptive Services, England – 2013-14, Community contraceptive clinics


Contraception update Stephanie Garner


NHS Choices. Your contraception guide

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries. Contraception – assessment, 2012.

Patient. Contaception – general overview. (Professional reference), 2012.

NICE PH51. Contraceptive services for young people up to age 25, 2014

WHO (2015) Reproductive health

Training and Education

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) offers a range of clinically based training and competence recognition in sexual and reproductive healthcare. including ‘Letters of Competence’ for intrauterine contraception and sub-dermal implants, special skills modules and a diploma. Membership of the faculty is open to practice nurses who complete the nurse diploma (NDFSRH).