Contraception advice 'inadequate'

British women are not getting sufficient advice on contraception from their GP, nurse or family planning clinic, a study has found.

A survey of 1,004 childless career women by educational initiative Talk Choice found that only a third believed the advice they had received to be adequate.

Anne Szarewski, associate specialist in family planning at the Margaret Pyke Centre, commented: "Healthcare professionals have a vital role to play in administering the right type of contraception to each individual."

However, less than a quarter of respondents had been offered a choice of contraceptive methods, despite the fact that national guidelines recommend women should be given information on all methods of contraception.

The lack of information is clearly having negative consequences, as two in five of the women admitted to having unprotected sex during the last five years, despite the fact that they did not want to get pregnant.

In addition, nearly two thirds of women on the pill said that they had forgotten to take their pill on several occasions, putting them at risk of unplanned pregnancies.

Half of all pregnancies in the UK are unplanned, according to 2005 figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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