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
For further information please contact: Caroline Bird & Emma Overington at Munro & Forster
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0207 815 3967 or
email@example.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.
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