Pill 'most popular form of contraception'

The majority of women who use contraceptives prefer to use the pill, new statistics show.

A survey by the Office for National Statistics reveals that three quarters of 16 to 49-year-olds used some form of contraception in 2007/08.

Of these, 28 per cent used the pill while 24 per cent opted to use condoms.

A quarter of respondents did not use any form of contraception during that time, with 14 per cent explaining that they were not in a heterosexual relationship and three per cent claiming that they wanted to conceive.

The Family Planning Association (fpa) welcomed the survey but questioned whether women really do prefer taking the pill or whether it is simply the first thing offered to them.

Chief executive Julie Bentley said: "The pill has been around for many years, it's easily available, very safe and effective. Women are used to hearing and talking about it and health professionals are used to prescribing it.

"However, there are 14 methods of contraception available," Ms Bentley noted. "We would like to see more of an equal split between the methods used, and more training and support for professionals to provide all of them."

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