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BPAS comment on covering the cost of contraception survey

A BPAS spokesperson said:

"We know from experience that people have been finding it increasingly difficult to access their preferred method of contraception during the pandemic. As contraception is free with a prescription across the UK, no one should have to resort to paying high costs to be sure they aren’t caught short at risk of an unplanned pregnancy – something that will inevitably have a greater effect on poorer women.

Currently, the only form of male contraception that’s widely available is vasectomy. We’ve seen a huge decrease in funding from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for vasectomies, with some GP surgeries even restricting referrals to just one patient a year for NHS-funded vasectomies. As a result, women are forced to spend an even greater proportion of their fertile years shouldering the responsibility of contraception. We are desperate for more innovation and research into male contraceptive methods, to see greater reproductive equality and freedoms for women.”

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About BPAS

BPAS is a charity that sees almost 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice.

BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here.

BPAS intends to launch a not-for-profit fertility service in 2021, to provide ethical, evidence-based, person-centred care that supports patients. We intend to only charge what it costs to provide a safe, high-quality, and accessible service to patients who may be unable to access NHS-funded care.