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Emergency contraception use expected to rise over Christmas

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A study commissioned by Marie Stopes International has revealed 39% women aged between 16 and 24 have used emergency contraception after engaging in sexual activity, indicating that they may not have used protection or had problems with their contraceptive method.

The YouGov survey suggests there is a need for greater awareness of the most effective contraceptive methods available, such as the implant, IUD, IUS and injection.

These contraceptives help to eliminate the risk of pregnancy associated with incorrect use, forgetting to use contraception or condom failure. When these contraceptive methods are used with a condom, women receive highly effective protection against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Meanwhile, the poll also revealed that 77% of women aged between 16 and 24 would like to use a contraceptive method they do not need to think about on a daily basis, but only 1% are aware that the injection, IUD, IUS and implant provide contraception for up to 10 years once fitted.

Marie Stopes International vice president Tracey McNeill said: “The research is very clear that most women want a contraceptive method that they can simply forget about - but many simply are unaware of the alternatives to the pill.

“We want women to be considering their contraceptive options ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities. Women are very busy this time of year, their usual routines can be disrupted, making it harder to remember contraception.

“Unfortunately, Marie Stopes International experiences a significant increase in women accessing our unplanned pregnancy services during the New Year as a direct result of men and women forgetting to use or having their contraception fail over the Christmas/New Year festivities.”

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