Posted on Tue 22 Nov 2016 at 13:03 by Christopher Carter
After numerous discussions with students about access to contraceptives, and sexual health services, it became apparent that there doesn’t seem to be enough information about contraceptives themselves or how to access them.
In fact, most students I spoke to did not know that there is more than one form of emergency contraception other than the morning-after pill. You can find out more information about it here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/emergency-contraception.aspx
I therefore conducted a survey to find out whether other students felt similarly.
Here are some of the results from the survey of 102 students:
- 70% of respondents did not know how much the emergency contraceptive pill cost, while 67% did not know where to get one for free.
- 71% of respondents did not know where to access an abortion if they wanted one.
- 58% of respondents did not know where to access dental dams or condoms for free (excluding the SU).
- 85% did not know where to access free 60-second HIV tests.
- 77% did not know what PEP is* (http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1840.aspx?CategoryID=73)
- 57% of respondents did not know where to get an implant or coil.
- 83% of respondents believed that there is not enough information about contraception.
- 93% believed that there was not enough information about abortion access.
The results of the survey would suggest that more information needs to be available about contraception and access to sexual and reproductive health services.
There are a number of professionals who can inform you and talk to you about the different contraception methods available, as well as a host of local services that will provide you with free safer sex materials, free pregnancy tests, free emergency contraceptive pill or IUD, PEP and a lot more.
Moreover, you can access free NHS abortion services through a number of avenues - I’ve created a resource that details where you can access these HERE.
Women's Officer 2016-2017
For further help and support:
Integrated Sexual Health Services (ISHS) Coventry
0300 020 0027 / Appointment or Drop-in.
Provision of a range of contraceptive methods including IUDs, implants, pills etc, plus free condoms, dental dams, STI testing, pregnancy testing and HIV care.