Contraceptive Choice Must Widen
BBC News recently reported that: "Many more women should be offered long-lasting birth control such as the contraceptive jab, the body advising the NHS in England and Wales says.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence estimates the move would cut the number of unplanned pregnancies by 70,000 each year.
In 2003-4, only 8% of women aged 16-49 used long-acting contraceptives, which also include implants and the coil.
That compared with 25% who took the Pill and 23% who relied on condoms.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says that the advantage of the long-lasting birth controls is that women do not have to remember to use contraceptives every day or each time they have sex.
It has now issued guidance for England and Wales saying that long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods should be offered to all women seeking advice on contraception."
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