Women Opting for Morning-After Pill In Times of Recession

Holy Hormones Honey!: The rise in the use of the morning-after-pill and other ‘cost-saving’ synthetic contraception if disturbing at best and will only lead to more hormone imbalance and potential infertility in women and the children they bring into the world – if they can bring children into the world.

Recession prompts women to opt for morning-after pill

Independent.ie
Ireland

By Nicola Anderson
July 16, 2012

THE recession has prompted more and more young women to opt for the morning-after pill over regular contraception, health clinics have reported.

Emigration has also been blamed for a general drop-off in women seeking contraception prescriptions.

The Dublin Well Woman Centre has said that the decrease in women attending their clinics was most marked from those in the 25-30 age groups, and also in the 20-25 age bracket.

In its 2011 Annual Report today, the Well Woman Centre – which operates three clinics in Dublin found a marked drop-off in those seeking services since the start of the recession in 2008.

Alison Begas, Chief Executive of Well Woman: “The fall-off in numbers is quite stark: in 2008, we provided contraception prescriptions for almost

6,500 women aged 20 to 30 years.”

“Last year, this was down by almost half to just 3,500 women in this age-group.

“We can only presume that emigration has been a main driver for this reduction in numbers,” she said.

However, she added that changes in contraception technology may also have had some impact.

She revealed that there has been a steady increase in the demand for the long-acting contraceptive device – Implanon – which is effective for three years.

Meanwhile, Well Woman experienced a small increase in the number of women attending from the 40 to 45 age-group, while the numbers attending from the 30 to 40 age-group remained steady.

Elsewhere Well Woman’s three Dublin clinics said the numbers attending for full screenings for sexually transmitted infections rose slightly.

Shirley McQuade, medical director, said: “Full screening – for both men and women – is increasingly important in contemporary society.

 

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.