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Progestogen only contraception in people aged 50 years and over

Injectable progestogen (Depo-provera) is not recommended in people aged 50 years and over. Other progestogen only methods, barriers or the copper intra-uterine device (IUD) can be used.

The levonorgestrel IUD, contraceptive implant and progestogen only pill can be stopped at the age of 55 years as the chances of a natural conception are extremely low. People aged 51-54 years who have been amenorrhoeic for at least 12 months and whose FSH is >30 IU/L on a single occasion can stop using the levonorgestrel IUD, contraceptive implant and progestogen only pill after a further 12 months.

If FSH is <30 IU/L, repeat in 12 months.

SHQ doctors and registered nurses are available by appointment to confidentially discuss and supply you with the most suitable contraception, including:

  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) insertion and removal (go to IUD information for GPs). Pain relief options are available if required – please discuss with your clinician.
  • Contraceptive implant (Implanon NXT®) insertion and removal (go to Contraceptive Implant information for GPs)
  • Diaphragm fitting (Caya®)
  • Vaginal Ring (Nuvaring®)
  • Emergency contraception (some drop-in appointments available – please contact us)
  • All varieties of oral contraception

Read more about contraceptive options


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