Women prefer discussing contraception with GP not nurse

Women are twice as likely to be most comfortable talking to their GP about contraception than a nurse, according to a survey.

The research by pharmaceutical firm Bayer Schering Pharma asked 1,094 women aged between 20 and 40 years: 'With whom do you find it easiest to talk to about contraception'

A total of 12% chose GPs and 6% nurses behind 44% who opted for ‘the person I'm having sex with'.

The research also found that women will spend less than 10 minutes a year talking to their GP about contraception. Women aged 20-24 spent 10.3 minutes a year compared with 6.3 minutes for those in the 35-39 bracket.

Women in the Midlands averaged the longest (8.8 minutes), and the south east (6 minutes) and Wales the shortest (5.2 minutes).

Women in the south west are the most comfortable discussing contraception with their GP (83%), with those in Northern Ireland being the least comfortable (65%).

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