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 25 are most likely to use dependent forms of contraception such as the pill or condom, while women over 25 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 38 thousand oral contraceptive items provided by sexual and reproductive health services in 2020/21.
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