Table 3.1Current use of contraception by age in Great Britain (women aged 16–49 years); data from the Office for National Statistics

Current use of contraceptionUse by each age range (%)Use by all ages the during the indicated period (%)
16–1718–1920–2425–2930–3435–3940–4445–492003/042002/032001/022000/011999/20001998/991997/98
Nonsurgical
Pillsa26584940311512525252825262626
Minipill1149644525555555
Combined pill2029313124106217182117181919
Male condom333637242422151423202121232121
Withdrawal31355113343564
IUD21355544535444
Injection/implant32654311333332
Safe period/rhythm method/Persona1121101121222
Cap/diaphragm10011121111112
Foam/gels0010000010
Hormonal IUS0111111111100
Female condom000000000
Emergency contraceptionb5420001111
Total using at least one non-surgical method507075666348352852515351545052
Surgical
Sterilised123517172511111011121211
Partner sterilised14915252012121211111210
Total using at least one method507178737780777375747573767574
Total not using any method502922272320232725262527242526
a

Includes women who did not know the type of pill used.

b

Category included for the first time in the 2000/01 questionnaire.

From: 3, Contraceptive use and principles of care

Cover of Long-acting Reversible Contraception
Long-acting Reversible Contraception: The Effective and Appropriate Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception.
NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 30.
National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (UK).
London: RCOG Press; 2005 Oct.
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