New survey reveals a staggering percentage of women fail to use emergency contraceptionBy Editor
Students, are you being careful when you’re, ahem, how do I put it subtly? Having sex?
Of course, as R Kelly once attested, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of bump and grind. However, it’s probably a good idea to be careful, but we UK-dwellers are known for common sense aren’t we?
Well, to celebrate, or commiserate, the start of Sexual Health Week, the good people at the Family Planning Association have released figures that could challenge the British stereotype of prudishness, as well as expose the fact that we’re also a little bit irresponsible.
One statistic, for instance, is that “35% of sexually active women aged 16-54 had unprotected sex in the last two years when not planning a pregnancy; of these an overwhelming majority – 83% – said they did not use emergency contraception afterwards.”
Furthermore, 52% of women within the 16-24 bracket have had unprotected sex in the past two years.
Even after unsafe sex has occurred, many women found that they were unsure about emergency contraception (EC), too. The study showed that 43% of women were not certain where to find EC, and about 50% of those who took part didn’t know that there different options.
In response to the findings, Natika Halil, Director of Health and Wellbeing at FPA, has said:
“Our research has shown many barriers exist for women – including a lack of knowledge of what emergency contraception is, how it works and where you can get it. There are also endless myths and misconceptions which are banded about, which leave many women with a real sense of confusion and worry.”