Contraception in England: 2018-2019 figures

  • NHS Digital
  • 26 Sep 2019

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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NHS Digital has published the statistics on contraceptive activity at Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services in England for 2018-2019. The data are solely derived from the Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity Dataset and do not include information from GP and pharmacy settings.

Key findings from the report are as follows:

  • In 2018-2019, 1.40 million contacts were made with SRH services for contraception. The figure is 3 per cent lower than that in 2017-2018 (1.45 million) and 25 per cent lower than that in 2014-2015 (1.87 million).
  • Six per cent of females aged 13 to 54 years availed SRH services for contraception.
  • The uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives in 2018-2019 was 44 per cent and has been steadily increasing over the past 10 years.
  • The uptake of contraceptive pills in 2018-2019 was 39 per cent, which is 6 per cent lower than the uptake in 2014-2015.
  • There has been a 36 per cent decline in emergency contraceptives provided at SRH services over the last 10 years and 51 per cent decline in those prescribed at other community locations.