Contraceptive choices for all women? Not yet

There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to contraception. Different women need different forms of contraception at different stages in their lives. The best fit for a postnatal 16-year-old will almost certainly differ from that of a 48-year-old perimenopausal executive with a low, but not absent, risk of pregnancy. 

Fortunately, there is a growing array of effective, safe options from new pill formulations to vaginal rings and hormone-releasing and intrauterine devices (IUDs). 

And let’s not forget the Emergency Contraception Pill (ECP) either since pills can be forgotten, condoms can break and unprotected sex does happen.

Some options carry additional ‘non-contraceptive benefits’; for instance, managing acne or heavy menstrual bleeding.

As the wrong fit may lead to early discontinuation and unplanned pregnancies, it is important that all women have equal access to all methods.