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Accidents happen

 
Accidents happen

In 2006, a total of 193,700 abortions were carried out in England and Wales, 13,081 in Scotland and a smaller number in Northern Ireland (no official data is available). 

One of the main reasons for these shocking statistics is the difficulty in managing contraception on a daily basis. We know contraception works, but it can still be restrictive to use. It's not always easy to take your pill every day, at a fixed time, using other methods if you're ill, changing your patch, etc etc. 70% of women who are on the pill forget to take it once a month, and 10% forget at least four times a month.

Another factor leading to the high number of abortions is the low use of contraceptive methods such as the implant, injection or IUD which are long-term and don't depend on proper use. The emergency pill, more commonly known as the morning-after pill, is used by 7% of British women aged 16-49 every year. Condom failure is the most common reason for taking it. This form of emergency contraception is available over the counter without a prescription but it's also available for free from your GP or family planning clinic. It can be taken up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex but the earlier it's taken, the more efficient it is.




  
  


Love & Sex Editor
07/03/2007
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