WOMEN STILL RECEIVING INADEQUATE ADVICE ON CONTRACEPTION

WWW.CONTRACEPTIVECHOICES.CO.UK TALK CHOICE CONTRACEPTIVE WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Research released today by educational initiative ‘Talk Choice’ confirms that women are still not receiving comprehensive advice on contraception from their healthcare professionals.1 Amongst the 1,004 childless career women surveyed, only one third of women felt that their GP, Nurse or Family Planning Clinic gave sound advice on contraception.1 Worryingly, less than one quarter felt that they had been offered a choice of contraceptive methods1, despite recent NICE guidelines recommending women be provided with information on all methods of contraception, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC).2

The results also showed the frightening consequences of women’s lack of knowledge, with a worrying two in five admitting to having unprotected sex in the last five years, even though they were not trying to get pregnant.1 In addition, 60% of pill users had forgotten to take their contraceptive pill on several occasions or frequently forgot to take it.1

At a time when 50% of all pregnancies in the UK are unplanned3 this research highlights that only one quarter of women rely on their doctor or nurse for information on contraception.1 Although nearly two thirds would welcome more unbiased and up-to-date advice on contraception, over one third felt that they did not have enough time to find out what their contraception options were.1  

In response to this need for improved access to information about contraception, ‘Talk Choice’ today launched www.contraceptivechoices.co.uk, a one-stop-shop for contraception information and advice.

Anne Szarewski, Associate Specialist in Family Planning, Margaret Pyke Centre, comments “Healthcare professionals have a vital role to play in administering the right type of contraception to each individual. The Talk Choice website provides a resource that women can not only be directed to for contraceptive advice but that healthcare professionals can consult for support on communicating contraceptive choices”.

TALK CHOICE CONTRACEPTIVE CHOICES WEBSITE LAUNCHED

www.contraceptivechoices.co.uk was developed by a panel of experts in the field of contraception and sexual health.  It provides unbiased and up-to-date information on contraception, answers frequently asked questions, and provides profiles of women with different contraception needs.  The website has a section dedicated to healthcare professionals, providing up to date information on:

  • Contraception methods available
  • Clinical guidance on contraception links
  • Guide to questions to ask your patients

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For further information please contact: Caroline Bird & Emma Overington at Munro & Forster

Email: caroline.bird@munroforster.com  Tel: 0207 815 3967 or

emma.overington@munroforster.com Tel: 0207 815 3979

NOTES TO EDITOR
What is Talk Choice?

Talk Choice is an educational initiative set up by Organon BioSciences to encourage women to think about their lifestyle when considering contraception.

ww.contraceptivechoices.co.uk

The website was developed by a group of experts in the field of contraception including:

    * Dr. Diana Mansour - Consultant in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Health Care
    * Toni Belfield - Director of information for the fpa (family planning association)
    * Dr Anne Szarewski – Associate Specialist in Family Planning, Margaret Pyke Centre
    * Catharine Parker Littler - Director of midwivesonline.com Ltd, Consultant Midwife and Trainer in Health Informatics for Practitioners
    * Dr Sarah Brewer – GP & Author


Talk Choice Survey

A total of 1004 interviews were completed on-line by career women in their thirties, defined as working women who do not have children and are aged between 30-40. The average mean age of respondents who came from across the UK was 34 years.

2 NICE Clinical Guideline 30. Long-acting reversible contraception. October 2005

3 O’Sullivan I, Keyse L, Park N, Diaper A, Short S. Contraception and Sexual Health, 2004/5. London, UK: Office for National Statistics, 2005

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