FSRH in the News
Date: 19 Jan 2017
Type: FSRH News and Information
The end of 2016 saw FSRH and its spokespeople have a prominent media presence on a wide range of SRH issues
Women's differing experiences of using contraception, cuts to contraceptive services, and access to emergency contraception all received increasing coverage towards the end of 2016.
FSRH was at the heart of the discussions in the media, participating in discussions with a range of national media outlets such as ITN Lunchtime News, Radio 1 Newsbeat, Woman’s Hour and BBC World Service.
In these interviews, FSRH’s Clinical Effectiveness Unit were at hand to provide evidence-based perspective in discussions surrounding contraceptive side effects, while promoting best practice for SRH professionals to ensure that women are confident and informed in the choices they make about their sexual and reproductive health.
December also saw the AGC launch its report Private lives, public health: the changing shape of contraceptive services in England post-2013 illustrating the impact of public health cuts on contraceptive services. FSRH Vice-President, Anne Connolly, FSRH Nurse Representative Shelley Raine, and our colleagues at FPA took to the Victoria Derbyshire sofa to discuss this report and the negative impact these cuts may cause in terms of restrictions in women’s access to contraception.
Likewise, FSRH also commented on the growing demand for better access to emergency contraception for women, telling BuzzFeed that “the cost of levonorgestrel emergency contraception in pharmacies, for those who have to pay, is unjustifiably high in the UK” and supporting better publicity of the copper IUD as the most effective form of emergency contraception improved access to IUD fitting in primary care and community services.
To keep up to date with FSRH’s media participation follow the FSRH Twitter account @FSRH_UK