Contraceptive failure may be a major factor in teenage pregnancy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7008.806b (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:806
  1. E S Williams
  1. Director of public health medicine Croydon Health, Croydon, Surrey CR0 6SR

    EDITOR,--In their study of 147 teenagers with unplanned pregnancies V A H Pearson and colleagues found that 80% claimed to have been using contraception at conception.1 The authors argue that teenagers need to lower their threshold for use of emergency contraception when there is a risk of pregnancy.

    It should be a matter of concern that such a high proportion of unplanned pregnancies are due to contraceptive failure (which comprises technical failure and misuse of contraception). To gain an insight into the effectiveness of contraception in …

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