Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Half of women 'take contraception risks'

  • Comment

Nurses deal on a regular basis with women who have played Russian roulette with their birth control, but a new study suggests more than half of British women take unnecessary risks with their contraception.

Some 58% admit taking a chance when it comes to their birth control, with more than a third having had unprotected sex at least five times.

Forgetting to take the contraceptive Pill is a common occurrence, according to a study conducted by Bayer Healthcare - almost 50% of women struggle to remember to take it.

Meanwhile, of the 58% who admit taking risks, some 39% said they simply forget about contraception.

Despite being forgetful, it appears few women have looked into long-acting reversible contraceptives that do not have to be remembered every time intercourse takes place - some 16% use these forms of birth control.

Not wanting to “ruin the moment” was also a common excuse for neglecting to use contraception, for one in 10 of the 3,000 women surveyed.

Sexual health and contraception specialist Dr Caroline Cooper said: “It’s shocking that women are taking these risks as there are long-acting contraceptive options that don’t have to be remembered every time you have intercourse, allowing women to enjoy a full and active sex life without chancing an unwanted pregnancy.”

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.