Free Contraception Scheme (17-30 years of age)

Free Contraception Scheme (17-30 years of age)


Free contraception service is available for people aged 17 to 30 years inclusive.

The scheme provides for:

  • The cost of necessary consultations with GPs and other doctors to discuss suitable contraceptive options for individual patients and to enable issuing of prescriptions for same;

  • The cost of dispensing of contraceptive prescriptions by Community Pharmacists

  • The cost of fitting and/or removal of various types of long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) plus any necessary checks, by medical professionals to fit/remove same;

  • The cost of training and certifying additional medical professionals to fit and remove LARCs;

  • Provision of the wide range of contraceptive options currently available to GMS (medical) card holders will also be available through this scheme, to include contraceptive injections, implants, IUS and IUDs (coils), the contraceptive patch and ring, and various forms of oral contraceptive pill, including emergency contraception.

For items such as the contraceptive pill, these are typically prescribed at 6-month intervals.

For LARCs, (e.g. IUS, IUD, implants, injections, patches and rings), where the fittings/injections are carried out by healthcare professionals, fitting and removal appointments are also provided for separately, in addition to the consultations.


An appointment is required to sign you up to the scheme.