Women who do not have access to a comprehensive choice of contraception may be putting their health at risk, a recent study has revealed.
Two studies published by the British Medical Journal have revealed that women are being prescribed the pill, which carries with it an increased risk of blood clots.
It also found that most females were unaware of the vast array of alternative contraception options available.
Professor Steve Field, president of the Royal College of GPs, told the Times newspaper: "The use of long-acting contraceptives is not a cost issue because they are actually a cost saving in the longer term.
"We are committed to ensuring that women can choose contraception which best fits their individual needs and lifestyles."
The combined contraceptive pill is made from oestrogen and progestogen and is taken by a quarter of British women aged between 16 and 49-years-old.