It's about sex, but not sexy enoughBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39056.416725.59 (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1227
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In support of Richard Ma's article - 'It's about sex, but not sexy
enough (BMJ, 9.12.06) - just how sexy do contraceptive and sexual health
services have to be to survive?
Why is there such complacency around sexual health service provision
when demand outstrips supply? How can we be embarrassed about our poor
sexual health statistics on one hand but see such disinvestment in
contraceptive services on the other? The economic argument is clear -
good investment in contraceptive services, better use of contraceptive
methods and choices, as well as improving women's access to abortion would
save the NHS in England almost £1 billion over 15 years (1). When the
Family Planning Association handed over its network of specialist
community contraception clinics to the NHS with such dedicated, committed
professionals - it would not have expected this inheritance to be in such
jeopardy some 30 years later! Specialist community contraception services
help millions of women, they support general practice and they provide a
unique and vital training role for professionals - too precious to lose?
Of course it is... but what are we doing about it? It is about sex, and
for good sex you need to work at it to make it better.
(1) Armstrong N, Donaldson C. The Economics of Sexual Health.
London, UK. fpa, 2005.
TB works for fpa (Family Planning Association), is a member of the Department of Health Contraceptive Services Group and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
Competing interests: No competing interests