Contraception not always right

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  • Women don't always receive right contraception for them

    Women do not always receive the best form of contraception for them because of false fears and myths, a new survey suggests.

    A poll of 55 Scottish women, recently published in a family planning journal revealed worries over weight-gain stopped many women from opting for long-acting hormonal contraception.

    Forms such as the coil and implants were dismissed because women did not want to receive examinations or invasive procedures.

    Many of those quizzed simply opted for the pill to follow their peers.

    The Department of Health and the Scottish authorities are both actively encouraging the use of long-acting contraceptives, which promise fewer side-effects and are reliable.

    Health guidelines currently state that all women should be offered these options when seeing a GP about contraception.

    However, it seems these forms are not popular with only one in ten women saying they have used them in the past year and less than a quarter of the number using oral contraceptives of condoms instead.

    When specialists in Scotland tried to dig deeper and find out why women avoided long-acting forms of contraception, they found that the two primary factors which put women off were the unsubstantiated fears that they would harm their long-term fertility and also that they would put on weight.

    Professor Anna Glasier, from Sexual Health NHS Lothian, said: ‘We are shooting ourselves in the foot by saying they are long-acting, and we need to emphasise that they don’t impair fertility, and the majority of them don’t affect weight.

    ‘Doctors tend to focus on medical problems, whereas women are actually more worried about their weight, their skin and their chances of being able to have children in the future.’

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