Condoms as popular as the Pill

And age affects contraceptive method of choice, too.

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Condoms are now just as popular with women as the Pill, figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Three out of four women under 50 use contraception. And of those who do, a quarter opt for a condom, with a similar amount of women choosing the Pill.

It seems age affects contraceptive choices, too – younger women prefer to pop the Pill or use a condom, older women rely on their partner’s vasectomy, long-acting hormonal contraception or sterilisation.

Preventing pregnancy was given as the main reason for using condoms by around 90% of both men and women, and 45% used them to stop infection.

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The stats come from the ONS 2008-09 contraception and sexual health survey, where a total of 1,464 men and 1,093 women took part.

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