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A third of women in UK who have an unintended pregnancy blame contraceptive failure

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 22 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2975
  1. Daniel Henderson
  1. 1BMJ

    Incorrect and inconsistent use of the pill and the male condom are the main reasons why women in the United Kingdom have unintended pregnancies, a leading sexual health charity says.

    Marie Stopes International, a UK provider of sexual health and reproductive services, says that 34% of women who had an unintended pregnancy reported that their chosen contraceptive failed because of technical difficulties or problems in the method, such as that “the condom broke or slipped off.” And incorrect use—usually failure to take the oral …

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