More than 8,000 use Fam­ily Plan­ning clinic

Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

April 1984

THE con­dom was the most pop­u­lar method of con­tra­cep­tion among people us­ing the ser­vices of the Bray Fam­ily Plan­ning Clinic in 1983.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the B.F.P.C. this week, 4,357 of the people at­tend­ing the clinic chose to use con­doms.

The sec­ond most pop­u­lar method of con­tra­cep­tion was the pill which was used by 1,037, next came sper­mi­cides, used along with some other method at 949, next the in­ter-urine de­vice at 266 and fi­nally the di­aphragm or cap at 209. Nine­teen cou­ples us­ing the ser­vices of the clinic chose va­sec­tomy and 12 chose fe­male ster­il­i­sa­tion, the state­ment added.

39 came to the clinic seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on the tem­per­a­ture of Billings Method. A to­tal of 8,245 people at­tended the clinic.

There was a gen­eral in­crease for the pre­vi­ous year, those for 1983 show that the num­ber of women us­ing the pill al­most dou­bled - from 548 to 1,037.

There was a gen­eral in­crease in the num­ber of people vis­it­ing the clinic, not only for sup­plies, but also to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion and to at­tend med­i­cal ses­sions. 460 women came for cer­vi­cal smear tests and breast ex­am­i­na­tion, while the clinic also car­ried out 342 preg­nancy tests.

By no means all of those who availed of the ser­vices were lo­cal. Of the 1,982 people whose ad­dresses were notes, 1,122 came from Wick­low, but there were also 557 from Dublin, 281 from Wex­ford, nine from Water­ford, two from Sligo, seven from Kil­dare and Lim­er­ick, one from Clare and two from Louth, Mayo and Done­gal.

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