Morning-after pill 'more popular in recession'
THE recession has prompted more and more young women to opt for the morning-after pill over regular contraception, it was claimed yesterday, writes Mark O'Regan.
Emigration has also been blamed for the drop-off in women seeking contraception prescriptions.
In its 2011 annual report published yesterday, the Well Woman Centre said the decrease is particularly pronounced in the 20-30 age bracket. The study also found that financial pressures have resulted in more young women opting for the morning-after pill over regular contraception prescriptions from a doctor.
Since changes introduced in February last year, women can now obtain emergency contraception over the counter from pharmacies. Prior to this, those seeking emergency contraception were required to attend a doctor for a prescription.
"The fall-off in numbers is quite stark. In 2008, we provided contraception prescriptions for almost 6,500 women aged 20 to 30. Last year, we saw just 3,500 women in this age group," says Alison Begas, chief executive of Well Woman.
The cost of medical appointments is also putting women off visiting their doctor, with many resorting to the internet for prescription drugs.