Sexual Health Week promoted in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 17:26 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:28 13 September 2017

Sexual Health Week promoted in Hertfordshire.

Sexual Health Week promoted in Hertfordshire.

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To help promote Sexual Health Week, Hertfordshire County Council is raising awareness of the different methods of contraception available for local women.

Sexual Health Week takes place this week until Sunday.

A county council spokesman said: “For some women, having a busy life means juggling work or studying pressures with things going on at home and in their social life.

“This can cause difficulties when trying to get into a regular routine with contraception and could lead to an unplanned pregnancy.

​“Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) such as the coil, implant or injection are methods of contraception, which you don’t need to use every day or each time you have sex.”

Research undertaken by Hertfordshire County Council last year found that 83 per cent of women had not heard of the term LARC, with 45 per cent not aware of this type of contraception when it was explained to them.

Although, teenage pregnancy rates in Hertfordshire are significantly lower than the rate in England, 57 per cent of under 18 conceptions led to an abortion.

Rates of abortions are increasing among the older age groups and abortions among the over 35s account for an increasingly large proportion of women having terminations.

Jim McManus, director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Access to all methods of contraception, including LARC methods and emergency hormonal contraception, continues to be available from locally commissioned sexual health services, GPs and pharmacies.

“We want to ensure women of all ages are able to access information about their available choices for contraception (including LARC).”

To watch the film and for more information on the various methods of contraception visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/contraception

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