Reproductive and Sexual Health Theory Course


1 Year

Course principal: Dr Deirdre Lundy

Course administrator: Jana Pickard,

Dates: TBC

Venue: TBC

Accreditation: TBC

Telephone: 01 6763705


This course provides a comprehensive update on all aspects of contraception and includes other topics relating to sexual and reproductive health.

What is the overall aim of the course?

To provide a comprehensive update on contraception and sexual health for doctors who are already familiar with these topics.

To satisfy the theoretical component as outlined in the syllabus set by the Reproductive and Sexual Health (RSH) Committee. This is the first of three components required for the Certificate in Contraception.

Please note you must make your application for the Certificate in Contraception within 2.5 years of completing Part I: Theory.  Applications with Part I: Theory that are more than 2.5 years old may not be approved.

Course format


Course content

  • The areas covered on the course include:
  • How to get the Certificate in Contraception
  • The scientific basis of fertility and natural planning methods
  • Barriers, hormonal contraception – COC/POP
  • Emergency contraception
  • Crisis pregnancy
  • Cancer screening
  • Long acting reversible contraception (IUCD, Mirena, Depo and Implanon)
  • Sterilisation
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections

Admission requirements

A candidate applying must be registered with the Medical Council in one of the following divisions: the specialist division, the general division or the trainee specialist division.

Information for Interns

We have a policy of not accepting applications from interns. Our contraception certificate theory course is a comprehensive update on contraception and sexual health aimed at doctors who are already familiar with these topics. To gain maximum benefit from this course, we advise that participants are at least at senior house officer level of their training or practising general practitioners. The course fulfils part 1 of the Certificate in Contraception education programme. All three parts of the Certificate in Contraception must be completed within a two year time frame, and it is our experience that doctors who do their Part 1 theory course during the intern year cannot finish Part 2 and 3 within the two year time frame. For these reasons, we have a policy of not accepting applications from interns.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants should be familiar with the most up to date information on contraception and reproductive healthcare. Participants will learn how best to address these needs in a primary care setting. A Theory Course Certificate of Satisfactory Completion will be issued to all attendees.

Related Documents

 Cancer (Cancer.pdf | 647 KB)
 Contraception - Part 1 (Contraception_Part_I.pdf | 915 KB)
 Contraception - Part 2 (Contraception_Part_2.pdf | 415 KB)
 Crisis Pregnancy (Crisis_Pregnancy.pdf | 168 KB)
 LARC (LARC.pdf | 2.20 MB)
 Menopause (Menopause.pdf | 796 KB)
 Sterilisation (Sterilisation.pdf | 497 KB)
 Menstrual Disorders (Menstrual_Disorders.pdf | 598 KB)
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