Survey on:

The accessibility of oral contraception

Survey ends: 29 October 2021

In 1961, the introduction of the oral contraceptive pill in the UK was a pivotal moment for women’s health, brought about during a time when the women’s liberation movement was in full swing and the ‘baby boom’ was taking its toll. Available on the NHS, it provided a method of contraception that was reliable and effective, but at this time was only prescribed to married women, a law not changed until 1967, when some local health authority-funded family health clinics were finally able to prescribe the pill to unmarried women.

Fast forward to 2021, and attitudes towards contraception have vastly evolved. With over 3.5 million women in the UK using oral contraceptive pills today, it continues to be one of the most popular methods of birth control.

But with increasing demand on the NHS, and cuts to health budgets, we have also seen changes in the accessibility of contraception, with many women unfortunately facing difficulties.

The NHS are now looking to Pharmacies to provide contraceptive services and ease the pressure. But what do women think about this? Is this what they want? What is their preferred method of obtaining oral contraception? How do they currently access this?

These are all important questions that we need answering, and that’s where you come in!

If you have experience of obtaining oral contraceptive pills and would like to share your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!

This survey is being conducted on behalf of Consilient Health and closes on 18th October 2021. After this date, we will be offering £20 vouchers to 10 lucky people who complete the survey as a big thank you for giving up their time - hooray!

In addition to this survey, we will also be hosting a focus group discussion via Zoom so that we can carry on the conversation. The focus group will last for no longer than 1 hour and all participants will be offered a £20 voucher to say a massive thank you for being involved! You will be given an opportunity to register your interest in taking part within this survey. Click to enter!

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