Posted: Thursday 14th September 2017
To support this year’s national Sexual Health Week (Monday 11 to Sunday 19 September), Hertfordshire County Council is raising awareness on the different methods of contraception available for local women, after research revealed a lot of people weren’t aware of all the methods available.
For some women, having a busy life means juggling work or studying pressures with things going on at home and in their social life. This can cause difficulties when trying to get into a regular routine with contraception and could lead to an unplanned pregnancy.
Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) such as the coil, implant or injection are methods of contraception, which you don’t need to use every day or each time you have sex. Local research undertaken by Hertfordshire County Council last year found that 83 per cent of women had not heard of the term LARC, with 45 per cent not aware of this type of contraception when it was explained to them.
Although, teenage pregnancy rates in Hertfordshire are significantly lower than the rate in England, 57 per cent of under 18 conceptions led to an abortion.
Rates of abortions are increasing among the older age groups and abortions among the over 35s account for an increasingly large proportion of women having terminations.
Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Access to all methods of contraception, including LARC methods and emergency hormonal contraception, continues to be available from locally commissioned sexual health services, GPs and pharmacies.”
“We want to ensure women of all ages are able to access information about their available choices for contraception (including LARC).”
To watch the film and for more information on the various methods of contraception visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/contraception