Women using Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, by main method of contraception and age


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Headline data

Source: NHS Digital

Geographical Area: England

Unit of Measurement: Thousands of women

Footnote: The data collection period runs from April to March. The date on the X axis is the start of this period. Other methods include the cap, diaphragm, spermicides (but only when used on their own) and vaginal ring.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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Women using Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, by main method of contraception and age

Indicator description
Geographical coverage


Unit of measurement

Thousands of women


SRH services include family planning services, community contraception clinics, integrated GUM and SRH services and young people’s services e.g. Brook advisory centres. LARC refers to long acting reversible contraceptives. IUD refers to intrauterine device. IUS refers to intrauterine system.

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Please note - This analysis is not representative of the uptake of contraception methods across the whole population. Contraceptives can be obtained from other sources such as GPs or direct from pharmacies, whilst non-prescription items like condoms can be obtained easily without a visit to a medical specialist. This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 23 May 2019
Metadata last updated 03 July 2020

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of women aged 15–49 years who make their own informed decisions regarding sexual relations, contraceptive use and reproductive health care

Target name

Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Population Fund UNFPA

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NHS Digital



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage


Link to data source Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (Contraception) opens in a new window
Release date 12 April 2019
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

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