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Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (Contraception), England, 2018/19 [NS]

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (Contraception), England, 2018/19 [NS]


This publication primarily covers contraceptive 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. Data from GP settings and pharmacies is not included (unless otherwise stated). People attend SRH services for a variety of reasons, but the main focus of this report is contraception.

Latest available year of data is 2018/19 unless otherwise stated. 

Data is for SRH services only unless otherwise stated.

1.40 million contacts with SRH services for reasons of contraception

Down 3% compared to 2017/18 (1.45 million), and down 25% compared to 2014/15 (1.87 million)

6% of females (aged 13 to 54) used an SRH service for reasons of contraception

44% uptake of long acting reversible contraceptives

A proportion that has been rising steadily over the last ten years

(Includes implants, IU devices, IU systems and injectable contraceptives)

39% uptake of the contraceptive pill

Down from 45% in 2014/15, but still the most popular type of method

36% fall in emergency contraceptive items provided over the last ten years

Also a 51% fall in those prescribed at other locations in the community (2008 to 2018)

Last edited: 26 September 2019 7:51 am