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Teenagers to get contraceptive advice by text

Posted by Admin on November 16, 2008

According to today’s Sunday Times, there is a big push on to reduce teenage pregnancies in the UK (again) and this time it will include sending text messages to teenagers to offer contraceptive advice.

It’s all part of a range of measures that are mainly focused on getting girls onto long-term contraception methods, such as an injection or an implant. The government is promoting the Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (Larcs) because it has been told that it could save around ¬£100m a year if 15% of women used the methods.

Obviously it is bound to attract some controversy and probably another debate about why the UK has so many teenage mums. But if the long-term methods were introduced, Nice (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has estimated that it would cut unplanned pregnancies by 73,000 a year. A huge number of those would be teenagers as the figures show that 20,289 abortions were carried out last year on girls under 18.

I think that a company like AQA or Texperts should try to get involved to offer a text helpline – advice and counselling via text. To test out my theory I sent a quick question to AQA, pretending to be a teenage boy:

Me:Forgotten my condoms. Should I carry on anyway cos she wants to?

AQA: No, explain to the girl that you have forgotten the condoms. If she really likes you and wants to be with you she will understand.

Sounds like good advice to me. I think they’ve passed the job interview.

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