LONDON, UK. 5th January 20234 – Click2Pharmacy, a leading online pharmacy in the UK, recently released an insightful report on the usage of emergency contraception in 2023. The report draws on various reliable sources, including NHS statistics and OpenPrescribing, revealing key trends and patterns in emergency contraception use across England.
Rising Awareness and Usage of Emergency Contraception
Their emergency contraceptive statistics 2023 report highlights a significant usage of emergency contraceptive pills, with oral contraceptives being the most prevalent form, accounting for 90% of emergency contraception prescriptions. Amongst the methods available, Ulipristal – known by the brand name ellaOne – emerged as the most popular in 2023, with Levonorgestrel as the second most used.
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
An intriguing finding of the report is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on emergency contraception. There was a noticeable drop in prescriptions during the pandemic years, which the report attributes to social distancing and stay-at-home orders rather than a reduction in service accessibility.
Demographic Insights and Trends
The analysis provides in-depth demographic insights, indicating that women aged 25-34 are most likely to contact Sexual Reproductive Health services for emergency contraceptives but are less likely to be prescribed them compared to other age groups. The report also notes a consistent decline in the rate of emergency contraceptive prescriptions since 2004, reflecting changes in contraceptive preferences and accessibility.
Stigma and Online Searches
Additionally, the report delves into the societal stigma surrounding emergency contraception, evidenced by the high number of online searches for emergency contraceptive pills, indicating a preference for privacy and discretion in obtaining these medications.
Click2Pharmacy’s Commitment to Sexual Health Awareness
“At Click2Pharmacy, we are committed to encouraging open discussions about sexual health and providing reliable information,” said Sakib Mohammed, Pharmacist at Click2Pharmacy.
For more details and insights, read all their Emergency Contraceptive Statistics 2023 findings on Click2Pharmacy’s website.