Wondering if you might be pregnant can be a difficult time. You may be either desperate to be pregnant, or desperate not to be pregnant – but either way, you want to know as soon as possible – and be sure of the result.
Read on and see what pregnancy testing is all about, how and when to test, and what the results may mean.
News articles over the weekend (7-8 May 2016) revealed that women in the UK are paying an astonishing five times more for the morning after pill than those in other European countries.
Experts have also expressed outrage at the hoops that must be jumped through to get the drug, calling on the government to make it available off the shelf, as well as reduce the price. Unlike in France, Scandinavia, and the United States, the pill is not available without a consultation; women are required to undergo a consultation and discuss their sex lives with a pharmacist or doctor in order to access the time-sensitive emergency contraception.
We all want to trust our contraceptive but how reliable are they really? There are statistics out there but how do we interpret them?
The background level of fertility varies naturally between couples. Many forms of contraception are affected by “user reliability”. Women’s natural fertility declines from the age of 27 and men’s from age 60, so there are lots of factors to consider. Statistics often quote a figure for “consistent and correct” use (often from clinical trials) but these are often very different from “typical” use, which is a more helpful figure to most people. Read in full
New NHS guidelines allowing teenage girls to stock up on the morning-after pill has sparked Government fears the move could lead to promiscuity.
The morning-after pill has always been a prickly issue and political hot potato, but the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will make the announcement this week. Patients’ groups and campaigners have responded with anger and outrage and the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has also expressed concerns.
Current guidelines for GPs and chemists states under 25s, which includes girls under 16, can obtain the morning-after pill readily and in advance of sexual intercourse, without parental knowledge or consent. Providing ’emergency contraception’ does not presently apply, but the new guidance will let women obtain the morning-after pill in bulk for the first time.
NICE originally suggested the move four years ago but it was delayed due to fears it would encourage unprotected sex and promiscuity and lead to increased rates of sexually transmitted diseases. Read in full