Proposals that women should be offered long-lasting birth control, such as the contraceptive injection, have been welcomed by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.
Amicus/CPHVA believes that that there should be the widest choice of contraception available, and that the contraceptive injection is not universally available at present because of restrictions.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) estimates such a move would cut the number of unplanned pregnancies by 70,000 each year. In 2003-4, only 8% of women aged 16-49 used long-acting contraceptives, which include implants and the coil.
Obi Amadi, the Amicus/CPHVA Lead Professional Officer (Health Visiting) said: ‘We support women being able to make informed choices. It is very important that people know what the effects – short term and long term – are of using the different methods.’
‘We are in favour of contraceptive methods which are effective in reducing the number and rate of unwanted pregnancies. The issue is wider than contraceptives alone. It is about people’s reproductive health and choices.’
‘We believe that when contraceptive information is given responsibly and there is room for discussion on the issues, it doesn’t encourage promiscuity among men and women.’