FSRH participates in Radio 1 documentary on the future of contraception

Posted 28 November 2016

Date: 28 Nov 2016

Type: FSRH News and Information

Author: FSRH

This week sees BBC Newsbeat air a documentary on Radio 1 exploring the future of contraception for men and women.

The documentary explores the side effects of contraception and how best to ensure that women are confident and informed in the choices they make about their sexual and reproductive health, as well as future breakthroughs in contraception for men.


FSRH CEU Co-Director, Dr Sarah Hardman, was interviewed in the documentary to provide a clinical perspective on the side effects of contraception and best practice in terms of offering women the full range of contraceptive methods available and discussing possible side effects.

In her interview, Dr Hardman takes care to outline the FSRH CEU’s position on the recently published Danish study highlighting an apparent association between hormonal contraception with depression (read the CEU statement on this study). She stressed that every woman will experience contraception differently hence the importance of a thorough consultation with a well- trained healthcare professional when accessing contraception.

Dr Hardman stresses that women should be able to speak to a healthcare professional about the possible side effects of contraception and discuss all methods in order to find the method most suitable for their contraceptive and wider healthcare needs, as FSRH highlights in its Vision and its qualifications.

Read more about the documentary and listen to the full discussion below.