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The hidden cost of cuts

For every £1 invested in contraception, £12.50 is saved. Investing in contraception makes sense.

Every £1 invested in contraception saves £12.50

There are more facts and figures that might surprise you in Unprotected Nation: Painting a Picture of Sexual Health in Britain (PDF). It shows you just how vital it is to make sure sexual health services get the investment they need and why we need your support to fight against cuts.

Contraception facts and figures

  • There are 15 types of contraception to choose from in the UK. How many can you name?
  • The most popular methods are the condom (42%) and the pill (25%).
  • Despite the choice, FPA estimates nearly 2 million women in the UK are not happy with their method of contraception and almost one in three UK women aged 18-49 typically spends just 5 minutes selecting which method to use.
  • 90% of women will use contraception at some point in their lives – don't think of this as a minority campaign! 
  • In 2005, NICE calculated that the NHS in England could save more than £100 million each year by improving access to long-acting reversible methods of contraception, like the implant or the IUS.

Pregnancy facts and figures

  • Thanks to investment in services, education and information, the under-18 pregnancy rate has dropped 25% in the last 10 years. We're worried that good work will be undermined if we don't take action.