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Condom use in England rises sixfold

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1174

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Other reasons for increased condom use

Other reasons for increasing condom and decreasing OCP use beside STD
and HIV worries may be lack of satisfaction with OCPs. Despite increasing
evidence from the pharmaceutical companies that the newer products have
less side effects, we have found that just slightly more than half of
women are satisfied with OCPs. One third have become pregnant on OCPs in
their lifetime. Depoprovera has its detractors as well. Perhaps once or
twice weekly OCP patches that are due to come out may help, but tolerance
of and satisfaction with these methods must be higher.

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 November 2000
J A Rosenfeld
Director of Women's Health
Franklin Square Hospital