39% of female students have had unprotected sex - and over two thirds didn't use emergency contraception afterwards
15th September 2014
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Students need better education about their contraceptive choices and more straight-forward information, according to the Family Planning Association (FPA.) To coincide with the charity’s Sexual Health Week (15th – 19th September), the FPA has released some worrying statistics – including that more than a third of female students in the UK have had unprotected sex in the last two years. Of these, 67% (more than two thirds) admitted that they didn’t use emergency contraception afterwards. Of those that did, 48% said that buying emergency contraception was embarrassing and that they still felt that there was a stigma surrounding it. 43% didn’t know where they could go to get emergency contraception, and 47% believed it would work “like an abortion.” In fact emergency contraception prevents a pregnancy, whilst abortion ends an existing one. Only 18% of students questioned thought health professionals provide enough information on the different methods of emergency contraception that are available, and 54% admitted that they only know ‘a little’ about methods of emergency contraception. There are three methods of emergency contraception that are available in the UK: two pills, ellaOne and Levonelle, and the emergency IUD (sometimes called the coil) which can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex, doesn’t affect your fertility, can be removed at any time and can be left to act as a regular method of contraception for up to five years. The survey asked about the contraceptive choices of more than 2,000 sexually active women aged 16-54 in the UK.
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