By: 5 October 2021
One in five women struggle to access contraception and one in three have had an unplanned pregnancy

Organon recently announced the results of their new survey which found that one in five women (23%) in Britain struggle to get an appointment with their GP, almost half (42%) are either not using any contraception or are using natural family planning, and more than one in three (36%) have had at least one unplanned pregnancy.1

“Every woman has the right to decide when and how she wants to have children,” says Simon Nicholson, Managing Director of Organon UK&ENI Cluster (UK, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia & Iceland). “While there have been great strides forward in contraception, far too many women struggle to get the support they need, leaving them at risk of unplanned pregnancy.

“World Contraception Day marks the beginning of a new conversation, one that is geared towards reducing the stigma of unplanned pregnancy and giving women the information they need to make informed choices in relation to their contraception”.

“We noticed that we had a lower uptake of LARC’s than most of the North-West, so we decided to look at what was causing that,” said James Woolgar, Commissioning Lead for Sexual Health, Liverpool City Council. “One thing we noticed was that it was hard for practices to inter-refer so we streamlined the process and allowed practices to share patient records between them. We also offered training and support (via fitter forums) and adjusted the payment methods to increase viability. The work we have undertaken has gone into the new Primary Care Women’s Health Forum Women’s Health toolkit and could without doubt be rolled out across the country. This could make a real difference to reducing unplanned pregnancies and improve women’s health.”

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1 Organon and Research Without Barriers. Contraception in Britain Today: Giving Women a Voice. Conducted between 10th September 2021 and 16th September 2021 among 2,036 UK women aged 16-44. All research conducted adheres to the UK Market Research Society (MRS) code of conduct (2019). RWB is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and complies with the DPA (2018).

Public Health England. Health matters: reproductive health and pregnancy planning. Published 26 June 2018. Accessed 17 September 2021.