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Teens to get contraceptive pill without prescription

Birth control pill
Two London boroughs are offering teenagers oral contraception without a prescription in a bid to lower rates of unplanned pregnancies.

Under-16s in Southwark and Lambeth can now obtain the Pill by visiting a qualified pharmacist. Experts hope the approach will encourage young girls to use contraceptives.

Jo Holmes from Southwark primary care trust (PCT) pointed out: "[Girls] may already go to the pharmacy to buy cosmetics and medicines.

"In the GP surgery they sometimes worry they might bump into a neighbour or a member of their family."

Pharmacist Cuthbert Churinder revealed that the Ridgeway Pharmacy in Lambeth carries out around 220 consultations for the morning after pill each month.

He claimed: "I think the PCT is doing the right thing to have chosen us to offer longer term and more reliable contraception to these young girls."

Around one-third of all women of reproductive age in the UK take the Pill, according to NetDoctor.
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Sexual health and contraception news : 15 December 2009