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BPAS conference 'The problem of unintended pregnancy and contraceptive failure- are our strategies working?'

Published 25 June 2008

Dear Colleagues,

Please see below comment from a speaker at today’s conference of the sexual and reproductive healthcare charity BPAS (the British Pregnancy Advisory Service), ‘The Future of Abortion: Controversies & Care', which was opened by the Rt. Honourable Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Public Health.


James Trussell, Professor of Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Director of the Office of Population Research at the University of Princeton in the USA, and Visiting Professor at the Hull York Medical School, said

"Reducing unintended pregnancy is an important public health goal. In the UK any significant reduction would require significantly increased use of highly-effective long-acting reversible contraceptives (intrauterine contraception and implants) that do not require the user’s ongoing attention to adherence. These modern ‘fit and forget’ methods are popular with people who use them, and have been promoted across the health service, which is a good first step."

‘To be successful, such efforts will require new communication and counseling strategies and messages. Emergency contraception will have no major impact on rates of unintended pregnancy, as long as unprotected intercourse remains as prevalent as it currently is.’



For more information, or to arrange an interview please contact the BPAS press office on 07788 725 185.

The registered charity BPAS, (the British Pregnancy Advisory Service) has been providing health services since 1968. BPAS was founded to train doctors and provide premises and healthcare because at that time the whole of the NHS was not able, or in some areas, willing to provide full family planning and abortion care. BPAS’ conference ‘The Future of Abortion: Controversies & Care' is on Wednesday 25 June - Thursday 26 June at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster. Please see the conference website ( for more details and a full conference programme.

For a table of contraceptive failure rates according to typical (‘real world’) use (and ‘perfect use’ i.e. as according to manufacturer’s instructions) please see below. showing the failure rate for condoms is 15% according to real world ‘typical’ use. 

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