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Hold until: Tuesday 9 November 2010
MOST UNPLANNED PREGNANCIES
IMPACTED THE UNDER 25s¹
Is Gen Ys choice of contraception matching their lifestyle?
An online survey conducted by Marie Stopes International Australia showed that half of the women
who responded had experienced an unplanned pregnancy, with 63 percent of those being under the
age of 24 at the time.¹
An awareness campaign called Choice not Chance ² is calling on young women to learn more
about contraception, to be aware of their options, and to talk to their healthcare professional about
Young womens choices and lifestyles have changed over time and their contraceptive options have
too. Marie Stopes International Australia is endorsing this important campaign because were keen to
ensure that Generation Y is aware of the ever evolving contraception options. Its important for them
to make choices about contraception that suit their lifestyle and life stage, said Jill Michelson,
National Clinical Advisor, Marie Stopes International Australia.
Young women may find contraceptive choice a minefield. We find in our clinical experience that
young women are often unclear about the many options available to them. For example, there are
long-term reversible or daily options available that a woman can use which return her to pre-existing
fertility when she is ready.
A new website - www.whatcontraceptiveareyou.com.au - is encouraging young women to ask
questions about contraceptive options by providing factual information about types of contraception. A
confidential online questionnaire has also been developed to assist women to have an informed
discussion with their GP, nurse or health professional about contraceptive choices.
To learn more about the range of contraceptive options available in Australia visit:
www.whatcontraceptiveareyou.com.au, or call Marie Stopes International experts on toll free 1800
772 727 or talk to your GP.
Marie Stopes International. Real Choices: women, contraception and unplanned pregnancy Survey, 2008.
Choice not Chance is an awareness campaign that is endorsed by Marie Stopes International and sponsored by MSD.
Consumer Media Release
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