Introduction Teenage pregnancy can be reduced by timely access to emergency contraception (EC), implants, intrauterine (IU) devices and systems and quick-starting. Routine practice is to offer <18s all contraceptive methods, emergency IU contraception and quick-starting where appropriate.
Methods In the financial year 2015–16 there were 1975 attendances of 998 individuals <18 at a sexual & reproductive health service. Data was analysed using an electronic report.
Results 526 were White British (52.71%). 691 (69.24%) of <18s and 153 (79%) of <16s lived in the local authority area. 824 (82.6%) were female. 86 (10%) of first attendances in those <18 were for EC. 18 (20.1%) were <16, of whom 12 (67%) were quick-started a hormonal method.
15/193 (7.8%) of those 13–15 and 39/805 (4.8%) of those 16–17 years were fitted with an implant. 9/805 (1.1%) of those aged 16-17 were fitted with an IU device, no insertions in 13–15 years.
As a proportion of all ages IU contraception and implant insertions in <18s accounted for 9/1065 (0.85%) and 54/627 (8.6%) respectively.
Discussion The majority of <18 service users were local residents highlighting the importance of the availability of local services for people. Insertions of IU contraception in those <18 contributed a small proportion of total insertions undertaken. Further exploration of the acceptability and availability of IU contraception including EC for <18s is needed. We also suggest a review of those not quick-started after having EC to identify any barriers to access.
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