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

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.’