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P042 Emergency, implantable & intrauterine contraception use among under 18s in an integrated sexual health service
  1. Kimberley Forbes,
  2. Seán Cassidy,
  3. Richard West
  1. West Middlesex University Hospital, London, UK


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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