Pill in decline as women opt for jabs and implants

Contraceptive pill in decline as women opt for injection and implants

THE CONTRACEPTIVE PILL is in decline as more and more women are choosing to have an injection or implant instead.

More than one in five women who attended a family planning clinic last year opted to have the once three-monthly hormone injections or implants in favour of the pill, which has to be taken every day.

The figures from the NHS Contraceptive Services England 2006/07 report, which looked at attendance at NHS community contraception clinics but did not include services provided by GPs, also showed that the proportion of women using the pill fell 2% to 46%.

Some 21% of female patients chose implants or injections, which slowly release the hormone progestogen into the bloodstream – up 3% on 2003/04.

The report also showed that one in ten girls aged 13-15 sought help at one of the clinics, but that women seeking the morning-after pill had dropped 7% in the last year.

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