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Contraception in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistics & Facts

In 2019, the rate of births in the United Kingdom fell to its lowest figure in the last twenty years, at 10.7 live births per 1,000 population. During this period, the birth rate peaked at 13 live births per 10,000 in 2010. The number of births has also generally been falling in Europe across the same time interval, with 4.86 million births recorded in the EU in 2019. Alongside the general fall in fertility rate, the number of teenage pregnancies in the United Kingdom is continuing to fall. In the UK, around three percent of all births were to mothers aged under 20 years of age.

Contact with sexual health services

The availability of sexual health services in the United Kingdom has increased, and so too has the number of individuals availing of the services provided. The main reasons for individuals attending sexual health services are to obtain information on available contraceptives, to ask for sexual health advice and to receive contraceptives. Contraceptive use in the United Kingdom is relatively high compared to many other European countries In 2018, the prevalence of contraceptive use in the United Kingdom was 84 percent, the fourth highest among Europe.

Type of contraception used in the UK

The most popular method of contraception used in the United Kingdom is the pill, closely followed by the condom. Women under the age of 35 are most likely to use dependent forms of contraception such as the pill or condom, while women over 35 years of age used long-acting reversible contraceptives. Since 2004, there has been a notable decrease in the number of emergency contraceptives provided, falling to 70 thousand oral contraceptive items provided by sexual and reproductive health services in 2019/20.

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