Women still have difficulty getting local contraceptive advice

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:301
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    Research carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine shows that more than a third of people calling the Family Planning Association's helpline have previously had difficulty in obtaining local advice and information on contraception and sexual health.

    The association is consequently calling on every primary care trust to nominate a contraception champion. Anne Weyman, the association's chief executive, said: “Such an advocate could ensure that information about the 13 different methods of contraception are available across the PCT [primary care trust].”

    The association is also sending out 200000 postcards of four different designs (including the one above) to 781 bars and clubs serving 18 to 24 year olds, encouraging people to call the association's helpline for advice and information on sexual health. A separate survey of callers found that long term methods of contraception, such as the intrauterine device and the intrauterine system, were particularly difficult to obtain.

    The research, which is unpublished, was commissioned to coincide with Contraceptive Awareness Week, which starts on 10 February, and was funded by the Department of Health.

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