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Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England (Contraception) 2019/20

National statistics, Official statistics

National Statistics

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England (Contraception) 2019/20


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 2019/20 unless otherwise stated. 

Data is for SRH services only unless otherwise stated.

5% of females (aged 13 to 54) used an SRH service for reasons of contraception

46% 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)

38% uptake of the contraceptive pill

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

46% fall in emergency contraceptive items provided over the last ten years

Also a 56% fall in those prescribed at other locations in the community (2009 to 2019)

Last edited: 9 December 2020 1:22 pm