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Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England (Contraception) 2020/21

National statistics, Official statistics

National Statistics

Current Chapter

Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England (Contraception) 2020/21

Re-issue of publication

This publication was re-issued after missing data was identified at some providers.

Following collection of the missing data, the total number of contacts increased by 33,579 (+2.2%). All figures have been updated to reflect this change.

28 October 2021 12:00 PM


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 2020/21 unless otherwise stated. 

Data is for SRH services only unless otherwise stated.

22% fall in contraception-related contacts with SRH services compared to 2019/20

This is a fall of 288,833 contraception-related contacts

Overall contacts (includes those for non-contraception reasons) fell by 20% over the same period.

46% uptake of long acting reversible contraceptives

This is unchanged from the previous year

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

39% uptake of the contraceptive pill

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

44% fall in emergency contraceptive items provided by SRH services compared to 2019/20

There was also an 18% fall in those prescribed at other locations in the community

Last edited: 28 October 2021 10:46 am