What Are the Most Popular Forms of Contraception in the UK?

How Many People Are Using Contraception?

  • Over 80% of people in the UK are using some form of contraception
  • Only 69% of people in Europe as a whole are using contraceptives

What Are the Most Popular Forms of Contraception in the UK?


Most Popular Contraception in the UK

  • 42% of women use oral contraceptives (pill or mini-pill)
  • 41% of women use a Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC)
  • 55% of women over 35 use a LARC
  • 16% of women have a contraceptive implant
  • 9% of women use contraceptive injections
  • 9% of women have an IUS (hormonal coil)
  • 7% of women have an IUD (copper coil)
  • 14% rely on male condoms as their main method of contraception
  • 32% drop in emergency contraception use over the last decade

Condom Use in the UK

Condoms are the only form of contraception that can protect against STIs.

  • 47% of women in the 1960s used condoms as their main contraceptive
  • 28% of women relied on condoms in the 1980s
  • 30% of women now use condoms, often in combination with another type of contraception
  • 1% of women use a female condom
  • 43% of men have used a condom in the past year
  • Nearly 50% of people who use condoms say that it is to prevent STIs
  • 90% of condom users say that they use them to prevent pregnancy

It’s important to remember that what works for one person isn’t necessarily the best option for another. Just because a particular type of contraception is popular doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for you. You should consider all of the options and decide which one is the best match for your relationships, body and lifestyle.

If you want to learn more about your options or to get some personalised contraception advice, then make an appointment with Mr Michael Stafford at the 132 Healthwise clinic in London.

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