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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England - 2016-17

National statistics, Official statistics
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Country, Regions, Local Authorities, Provider, Hospital Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


This publication covers activity taking place in the community at dedicated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services, including activity at non NHS service providers where available.

SRH services include family planning services, community contraception clinics, integrated GUM and SRH services and young people's services e.g. Brook advisory centres. They provide a range of services including, but not exclusively, contraception provision and advice, sexual health treatment and advice, pregnancy related care, abortion related care, cervical screening, psychosexual therapy, PMS treatment, colposcopy services, fertility treatment and care and gynaecological treatment and care.

A contact within this report may be a clinic attendance, or a contact with the service at a non-clinic venue such as home visits / outreach, or a non-face to face contact such as by telephone or e-mail.

The data includes non-English residents using services based in England.

This report excludes services provided in out-patient clinics, at community pharmacies and those provided by General Practitioners, unless otherwise stated.


•There were 1.89 million contacts with dedicated SRH services made by 1.19 million individuals. This represented a decrease of 7 per cent on the number of contacts in 2015/16 (2.03 million), and 24 per cent less than in 2006/07 (2.48 million).
•7 per cent of the resident female population between the ages of 13 and 54 had at least one contact with an SRH service. For males in the same age group, 1 per cent of the resident population had at least one contact.
•Females aged 18 to 19 were most likely to use an SRH service, with 18 per cent having at least one contact.
•44 per cent of women contacting SRH services for reasons of contraception had a main method of oral contraceptives in use, the most common method recorded. However the proportion using long acting reversible contraceptives has been increasing over the last ten years, and is now at 39 per cent.
•The number of emergency contraception items provided to females by both SRH services and at other locations in the community has fallen by 42 per cent1 over the last ten years, from 457 thousand in 2006/07 to 264 thousand in 2016/17.


1) Please note, these figures do not represent the full volume of emergency contraceptives provided. Since 2001, the reclassification of emergency hormonal contraception (EHC), meant that it could also be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy without a prescription (by women aged 16 and over).


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