Over HALF of women who have had abortions fell pregnant because their contraception failed

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A new report from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, has revealed that over 50 per cent of non-hormonal methods of contraception failed.

The data shows that just under 25 per cent of women who had an abortion were using a hormonal method of contraception.

For women using condoms and diaphragms, more than half (51.2 per cent) were using contraception when they discovered they were pregnant.

BPAS’s report found that over 14,000 women, who were treated at BPAS clinics, became pregnant despite using the pill or the implant, coil or another long acting reversible contraception.

Whilst the pill is estimated to be the most effective at 91 per cent, and condoms following at 82 per cent, BPAS have reiterated that unplanned pregnancies can occur if the method is not inserted properly, or if it falls out.

A statement by BPAS’ chief executive, Ann Furedi reiterated the importance of providing safe abortion services for if contraception fails.

“When you encourage women to use contraception, you give them the sense that they can control their fertility – but if you do not provide safe abortion services when that contraception fails you are doing them a great disservice,” Ann Furedi, BPAS’ chief executive said in a statement.

“Our data shows women cannot control their fertility through contraception alone, even when they are using some of the most effective methods. Family planning is contraception and abortion.”

Natika Halil, Chief Executive of The Family Planning Association said:

“Although the injection, pill, patch and vaginal ring can be more than 99 per cent effective if used perfectly every time, they can be forgotten or used incorrectly.” 

“The way they are typically used means that six in 100 injection users and nine in 100 people using the pill, patch or vaginal ring will get pregnant each year, but women may not always be aware of this.”

“If you forget your contraception or think it might have failed it’s important to know how to access emergency contraception and that it’s available for free from GP surgeries, contraception and sexual health clinics.”

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