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Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England - 2017/18

National statistics, Official statistics

National Statistics


Issue Notification 12th April 2019

After this report was originally published in September 2018 it became apparent that some providers of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services had not submitted a complete dataset for 2017/18. Work was undertaken to collect the missing data and the report was updated to reflect this in April 2019. The effect was to increase the number of contacts in England by 3% (60,785), with the impact focused on a handful of providers. Section 2.2 of the updated data quality statement shows which providers made additional submissions. The impact on percentage distributions, for example the profile of contraception methods, was minimal.

NHS Digital apologises for any inconvenience caused.

This publication primarily covers activity taking place at dedicated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services in England, as recorded in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity Dataset (SRHAD), a mandated collection for all providers of NHS SRH services.

SRH services include family planning services, community contraception clinics, integrated Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) and SRH services, and young people’s services e.g. Brook advisory centres. The primary focus of the SRHAD collection is contraception. Though a summary of other types of activity is collected, only contraception information is covered in detail, and this is reflected in the content of this report.

Please note that SRHAD may not capture all non-contraception related activity taking place at SRH services.

Data from GP settings and pharmacies is not included (unless otherwise stated).

Key Facts

Latest available year of data is 2017/18 unless stated.

Main method of contraception figures are for women contacting SRH services for reasons of contraception. Information presented here is not necessarily representative of the uptake of contraception across the whole population – see page 12 of the report for more information.

Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives include implants, IU devices, IU systems and injectable contraceptives.

This has fallen for 3 consecutive years; a drop of 13% compared to 2014/15 (941,169).
A proportion that has been steadily rising over the last ten years.
The most common single type of main method in use.
Also a 44% fall in those prescribed at other locations in the community (2007 to 2017).

Last edited: 12 April 2019 8:44 am