One in four women in Britain has unprotected sex

January 18th, 2009 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 18 (IANS) A large number of young women on the pill in Britain risk unprotected sex simply because they are unable to obtain a repeat prescription. In a new survey by Lloydspharmacy, based on online interviews with 1,956 women in December 2008, 25 percent of them aged between 18 and 24 years on the pill confessed to having sex without contraception just because they ran out of drugs.

The research shows 64 percent women aged between 18 and 24 take the pill, or around 1.6 million people. But one in four of those - around 426,000 young women - are taking huge risks by having sex between pill prescriptions.

The study shows that one in 10 young women always finds it hard to get a convenient appointment from their doctor in order to get a repeat prescription of the contraceptive pill.

And more than one in three say they have run out of the pill because they did not have time or simply forgot to collect their prescription.

Experts are particularly concerned that such a high proportion of young women do not collect their repeat prescription and then go on to have sex without protection.

Chris Frost, head of medicines at Lloydspharmacy, observed that “this is a worrying statistic.”

“It’s interesting to see just how many young women will take such a huge risk because they have either forgotten to pick up a repeat prescription or have not had time to go to the doctors because of work or child pressures.”

The research comes as Lloydspharmacy launches an online service for women to have consultations and obtain prescriptions for the pill via its online doctor, said a Lloyds release.

The service has been designed for women who have been taking the pill for some time and who require repeat prescriptions for the same pill they have been taking for a year or more.

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