Morn­ing af­ter pill stats

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

AROUND 100 un­der­age girls in Halton ac­cessed emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion from sex­ual health ser­vices last year.

New fig­ures from the NHS have re­vealed that girls un­der the age of 16 went to sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health ser­vices in the area to get the morn­ing af­ter pill fewer than 100 times in 2016-17.

The fig­ures show that one in ev­ery 143 girls aged 13 to 15 in Run­corn and Widnes took emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion.

The morn­ing af­ter pill was ac­cessed from ser­vices in the area around 400 times by women aged 16 to 54 – with one in ev­ery 83 women tak­ing it at some point last year.

Un­der­age girls in nearby St He­lens mean­while are more likely to ac­cess emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion from sex­ual health ser­vices than any­where else in the coun­try.

The NHS fig­ures shows girls un­der the age of 16 went to sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health ser­vices in the area to get the morn­ing af­ter pill around 200 times in 2016-17.

The fig­ures show that one in ev­ery 19 girls aged 13 to 15 in St He­lens took emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion – the high­est rate in the coun­try, and nearly nine times as high as the na­tional av­er­age.

Across Eng­land, un­der­age girls were given emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion around 5,700 times in the last year, with one girl in ev­ery 167 tak­ing it at least once. Only Black­pool saw a sim­i­larly high rate of young girls ac­cess­ing the morn­ing af­ter pill, with one in ev­ery 20 in the city do­ing so.

Mean­while, older girls and women in St He­lens were also the most likely in the coun­try to get emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion from sex­ual health ser­vices. The morn­ing af­ter pill was ac­cessed from ser­vices in the area around 1,400 times by women aged 16 to 54 – with one in ev­ery 45 women tak­ing it at some point last year.

Na­tion­ally, 90,100 were given out to adult women, with again one in ev­ery 167 16-54 year olds ac­cess­ing emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion.

A re­port from the NHS links the like­li­hood of un­der­age girls tak­ing emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion to the level of de­pri­va­tion in the area they live.

St He­lens has the 25th high­est pro­por­tion of the most de­prived neigh­bour­hoods in the coun­try – putting it in the top 10% for de­pri­va­tion out of 326 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

How­ever, while Knowsley and Liver­pool both have even higher lev­els of de­pri­va­tion, un­der­age girls in these ar­eas are much less likely to ac­cess the morn­ing af­ter pill.

While Liver­pool has the fourth high­est pro­por­tion of the most de­prived neigh­bour­hoods in the coun­try and Knowsley has the sec­ond high­est, both ar­eas saw emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion given to un­der­age girls fewer than 100 times.

One in ev­ery 125 13-15 year olds in Knowsley and just one in ev­ery 1,000 young girls in Liver­pool took the morn­ing af­ter pill last year.

That be­ing said, the fig­ures do not in­clude emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion ac­cessed through GPs and phar­ma­cies, so the fig­ures are likely higher across the whole of Mersey­side.

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