A quarter of abortions due to contraception failures

One in four women who had an abortion in 2016 were using the most reliable methods of contraception, according to a new report by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) | OnMedica

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The report ‘Why women present for abortions after 20 weeks’ reveals that 24.1% of 60,592 women who had an abortion at any gestation at BPAS clinics in 2016 were using either a user-dependent hormonal method of contraception (pills, patches or rings) or a long-acting reversible contraceptive (injections, implants, IUD and IUS) when they presented for treatment.

BPAS says these are among the most effective methods of contraception. Including non-hormonal methods such as condoms and diaphragms, over half (51.2%) of women were using a method of contraception.

The report stresses that no method of contraception is 100% effective, yet it finds that public discourse and some family planning initiatives frequently imply that abortion can always be avoided through the use of contraception. However, each year, nine in every 100 women using the contraceptive pill, the most popular method of contraception in the UK, six in every 100 using the contraceptive injection, and nearly one in every 100 using the IUD (copper coil), will become pregnant.


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