Condoms as Popular as the Pill
It would seem that the message about safe sex is finally getting through, as new statistics show that condoms are now just as popular as the contraceptive pill amongst women. That makes them the front runners in chosen contraception methods.
The Office for National Statistics has found that 1 in 4 women are opting to use condoms, the same percentage of those on the pill. Also, out of the 2,500 people surveyed, it was discovered that 34% of sexually active unattached men have increased their condom use over the last year.
Experts have speculated that the number of pregnancy scares encountered whilst on the pill have reduced the appeal of the oral contraceptive method, and awareness about the rise of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea has spurred people to use extra protection.
When the statistics first started being surveyed 8 years ago, only a 5th of women chose to use condoms. Since then, manufacturers have targeted their products at women with attractive, discreet packaging and handbag sized wrappers. This is likely to have contributed to the rise in sales amongst women. One of the condom manufacturing giants ‘Durex’ have showed a 27% increase in sales this year.
There isn’t much danger of new competing methods catching on; the ‘female condom’ never quite caught on and the ‘spray on’ latex can take up to 3 minutes to dry – hardly appealing.
Although there are 15 different types of contraception available, there is still not a very high uptake on longer lasting methods such as the injection or the implant. The Family Planning Association are concerned that GPs are not telling their female patients about these methods because they can be more expensive and require extra training to administer.
The group judged to be most at risk of contracting STIs showed a worryingly low figure of condom use. Less than half of the people who’ve had more than 2 sexual partners in a year use condoms on a regular basis, and one fifth of these never use them at all.
Condoms are currently seen as the only available solution against STIs, and with contractions rising at a worrying rate, advertisers are trying even harder to get the message out. Sexually active women such as Piccadilly Circus Escorts are especially vigilant about being safe and choosing to use condoms as well as the pill.