Essential facts, stats and quotes relating to oral contraceptive services

Published on: 17th August 2015 | Updated on: 28th March 2022

This page contains facts, stats and quotes that LPC members may find useful when writing business cases or developing resources to support the commissioning of an oral contraceptive service.

This page is ‘work in progress’ and will continue to be updated with new facts, stats and quotes.

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FPA – Sexual Health Week 15 – 21 September 2014 – Emergency contraception survey

Based on a survey of women in the UK:

  • 35% of sexually active women aged 16-54 had unprotected sex in the last two years when not planning a pregnancy; of these, a majority – 83% – said they did not use emergency contraception afterwards.
  • The women who did get emergency contraception were most likely to go to a pharmacy – 55%. 14% got it from a GP and 11% a contraception clinic.

Parsons J, Adams C, Aziz N, Holmes J, Jawad R, Whittlesea C. Evaluation of a community pharmacy delivered oral contraception service. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 39: 97 – 101 (August 2012) 

  • A study by Parsons et al of a pharmacy-based oral contraception service in Southwark and Lambeth found that the majority of users were either satisfied or very satisfied with the service and felt comfortable discussing the topic with a pharmacist.

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