Contraceptives: Young People

Department of Health written question – answered on 20th March 2015.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has conducted or commissioned research into whether there is a link between the promotion of hormonal contraceptives in teenage pregnancy reduction schemes and levels of sexually transmitted infections in young people.

Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the assertion that there is some evidence that emergency hormonal contraception schemes are associated with higher teenage conception rates, in the article, The impact of emergency birth control on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, by Professor David Paton of the Nottingham University Business School, published in the Journal of Health Economics in March 2011.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

No assessment has been made of the publication in question.

In 2013, the under 18 conception rate was 24.3 per 1,000 women aged 15-17, a fall of 12.3% from 2012 and the lowest rate for 40 years. No research has been commissioned into the links between use of contraception and rates of STIs in young people.

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