Demand for the morning-after pill trebled during the royal wedding celebrations, a primary care trust has said.
NHS Northamptonshire revealed that over the course of the bank holiday weekend that coincided with William and Kate’s wedding, pharmacies experienced a three-fold increase in requests for emergency hormonal contraception.
Sexual health campaigner Heidi King said: “It was a beautifully warm weekend in Northamptonshire and there were street parties as well as house parties to celebrate Will and Kate’s wonderful wedding.
“And we probably shouldn’t underestimate those two kisses on the palace balcony.
“Of course it’s our job to make sure that while people enjoy themselves they are also looking after themselves and their partners.
“That’s why NHS Northamptonshire is giving out wristbands and information to young people over the summer to promote our free C Card scheme, which they can sign up to and get free condoms from over 200 outlets in the county.
“Whatever else they say, these figures suggest some people may not be thinking enough about their contraceptive needs.”
Ms King explained that there are 15 different methods of contraception to suit individuals needs. She advised people to go to their GP or local contraceptive or family planning clinic to discuss their choices.