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
By Nicola Anderson
July 16, 2012
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.