What contraception method do Wiltshire women prefer?

What contraception method do Wiltshire women prefer?

Published by Mike Draper at 7:01am 13th October 2019.

3 minute read

The number choosing to have implants, injections or use the coil has been changing according to latest data.

But with sexually transmitted-infection (STI) rates rising, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV said people should consider if their choices are protecting them from STIs.

NHS Digital data shows 2,860 women with a preferred main method of contraception attended a sexual health clinic in Wiltshire for it in 2018-19.

Of these, 52% chose long-acting reversible contraception, up from 48% the year before.


  • The contraceptive pill remains the most used method for women in Wiltshire, with 33% electing for it
  • Across England, it also remains the most common, although the proportion has been declining over the years
  • NHS guidelines say the pill is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy if it's taken according to instructions


Women wanting a more permanent method can get a copper-emmitting intrauterine device, commonly known as the coil, which can last up to 10 years, or a hormone-based intrauterine system, for up to five years.

The implant, which is put into the upper arm, lasts three years and is easier to remove than the coil.

A contraceptive injection covers a shorter period, lasting eight to 13 weeks.

In Wiltshire, almost a quarter of women (24%) said they were using the coil or intrauterine system as their main method of contraception, while 22% opted for the implant and 6% for the injection.

  • World Contraception Day, held last month, highlighted all the advice and information that's available in Wiltshire:


Across England, 311,000 women requested the pill at sexual and reproductive health services last year, down from 427,000 in 2014-15.

A total of 352,000 women now use long-acting reversible methods, up from 346,000 four years ago.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said:

"We have a strong track record on sexual health with teenage pregnancies at an all-time low. Contraception is the best way to avoid unintended pregnancy and we are pleased to see uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives has increased."

"Prevention is at the heart of the NHS Long Term Plan, and comes alongside the £3 billion we are giving to councils to fund public health services this year, including sexual health services and school nurses."

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