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  • World News 27.03.2014 Comments Off

    LONDON: In order to prevent the growing number of unwanted pregnancies in teens, the schools of UK have been advised to make condoms and morning-after pills freely available to the teenage girls.
    Free Contraceptives to be given to UK Schoolgirls

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) set up the new guidelines according to which individuals under the age of 25 should be able to access emergency contraception more readily, including the IUD (intrauterine device, or coil) and pills. According to the statement given by the NICE, In Europe, England has the highest teen pregnancy rates, though under-18 conception rates have fallen.

    Commissioners of services in England got an advice from NICE to give access to contraception to all young people even at the convenient locations so that the service is not denied due to the location where they live.

    Director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, Prof. Mike Kelly said, “It is really important that sexual health services offering information and advice can be found in places where young people have access to them”. He further said, “Evidence clearly shows that the availability of contraception reduces the rate of unwanted pregnancies. Local planners and providers of services must make sure that what they offer is right for their area,”

    The guidelines says that it should be informed to the young women that the more effective form of emergency contraception is an intrauterine device instead of the oral method. It can be used on an on-going basis.

    Kelly said, “Young people often find contraceptive services and advice difficult to locate. This can be for a number of reasons. They may not know where services are, who provides them or when they are open”. He further added, “They can also be wrongly worried that information they give may not be treated confidentially. For that reason, this guidance focuses on ensuring they receive culturally sensitive, confidential, non-judgemental and empathic advice and support tailored to their individual needs”

    Most of the recommendations made in the new guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence won’t cost anything in its implementation. The existing services need to be looked upon whether the support and advise the young generation want is been given to them or not.


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