The number of women using a sexual and reproductive health (SRH) service for contraceptive reasons fell for three successive years, according to a report by NHS Digital.

The report revealed that 792,636 women used the service in 2017-18, a 16% drop on 2014-15 when 941,169 used it while 41% of women used long-acting reversible contraceptives in 2017-18, a number the report said has been “steadily rising over the last 10 years.”

The figures also revealed 42% of women used oral contraceptives and there was a 32% fall in emergency contraceptive items provided in the last 10 years, with a 44% reduction in those prescribed in the community.

The report is here.