Did you know that 26th September marks World Contraception Day?
Even though contraception has been around for as long as humans have been having sex, it’s unfortunately still seen as a controversial and contentious subject and isn’t easily accessible to some women, especially in less developed countries.
Even in 2021, simply talking about contraception can be regarded as a subversive act in some cultures, and in many societies around the world, women and girls are still struggling to discuss contraception, acquire contraception and use a method of contraception that works for them. Yet without contraception, it is very hard for girls and women to break out of the cycle of childbearing, to acquire an education, to achieve a career or to gain their independence. Without access to effective, safe, and reliable contraception, girls and women lack the autonomy to make decisions about their reproductive health and well-being which can impact on them and their child for the rest of their lives.
5 facts about contraception in the UK
1. The most used method of contraception remains the pill with nearly 30% of women choosing this method.
2. The most effective methods of contraception are the ‘LARCS’ or long-acting contraception choices… These include coils, implants and injections if fitted correctly and given on time.
3. A staggering 40% of pregnancies are unplanned or unwanted and 2020 saw the highest number of terminations of pregnancy on record in England and Wales.
4. Contraception is recommended in women until at least 1 year since their last period or until the age of 55.
5. In a survey conducted by the BBC in 2019, 4 out of 10 men said contraception was a woman’s responsibility.