Concern about health risks and side effects are the commonest reasons for stopping contraception. People want more information to choose the right method for them, but contraceptive consultations are too short to explore choices, ask questions and make decisions.
Websites often offer accurate information but they tend to provide general information and may not always answer the particular question that is bothering you.
Our new contraception discussion forum is part of a set of resources we offer to help people make contraceptive choices – information, webchat, answering questions by text message or phone.
The SH:24 discussion forum offers a safe space to have these conversations. Contraceptive users can share their experience and clinicians can add information as required.
It combines the accessibility and creativity of a discussion forum with accurate clinical advice, but it also curates the discussion: to save having to read through endless posts, the ‘top picks’ section pulls together the discussions of the day, summarises viewpoints and adds further information.