National shortage of contraceptive pills could result in a rise of unplanned pregnancies, experts warn
Approximately 3.1 million British women are using the contraceptive pill, but they may need to find alternative methods.
According to a survey by Chemist and Druggist, a number of oral contraception is in short supply in the UK due to problems in production.
In fact, experts predict a rise in unplanned pregnancies due to a shortage of contraceptive pills.
There’s a national shortage of contraceptive pills that could result in a rise of unplanned pregnancies
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) fear if women are not able to get hold of their pill, they could end up with an unplanned pregnancy.
Katherine O’Brien, from BPAS, told The Sun: “It can take a long time for women to find the method that is right for them.
“Evidence shows that when contraception is more difficult to access, unplanned pregnancies can result.”
The BPAS recommends women speak with their GP in order to find an alternative contraception, such as the copper coil, implant or injection.
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The Department of Health told the publication: “We are aware there are supply issues affecting a small number of oral contraceptive pills due to manufacturing delays and we are working closely with the affected suppliers to resolve these problems as quickly as possible.
“Supplies of several other oral contraceptives are freely available and patients affected should discuss alternative options with their clinician or pharmacist as soon as possible.”
Other forms of contraception
An easy option for new mums plus there are no hormones that can interfere with breastfeeding.
They can be used as soon as you feel ready, just beware it might be dry down there due to hormonal changes. So a little lubricant might help.