The Trust’s Integrated Sexual Health Service is one of the top services in England
for uptake of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) among women.
Due to the hard work of the
team during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the use of the
contraception in Rotherham, which goes a long way in addressing issues such as
teenage pregnancy and unwanted pregnancies.
NHS data covering the period
2019-2020 shows that 65 per cent of women in Rotherham who use contraception
had a LARC as their main method in 2020. This is compared to 39 per cent in
Dr Nadi Gupta, Consultant at
the Integrated Sexual Health Service, explained that there are three LARC
methods; coils, implants and depo injections.
She said: “A lot of people
don’t realise that LARC is far more effective than the contraceptive pill, even
in those who are perfect pill takers.
“The data from the 2020 NHS
digital, which looks at sexual health clinics across England, shows that
Rotherham is joint first place with two other clinics in the percentage of
women who access LARC.
“I think the key is that we
have a highly experienced team of doctors and nurses who allay any fears and
address any myths and misconceptions that patients often have. The whole team
really strive to educate and empower women to make an informed choice about
“We operate an ‘open door’
policy, in that if patients have any issues whilst using LARC, or any other
contraception, we advise them to return to clinic at any time.
“It is important to note that we
achieved this success during the COVID pandemic, by staying open and continuing
to see patients face-to-face where required.”
The Sexual Health Strategy for
Rotherham shows that teenage pregnancy in Rotherham has fallen over the past
few years due, in part, to increasing take up of LARC and a range of community
interventions. “There is a clear relationship between conception rate and
deprivation and interventions have been targeted to work with deprived young
people to address risk taking behaviour and to raise self-esteem and
Lead Nurses Nicola Williams
and Natalie Gibbons, said: “This is amazing news and such a huge achievement.
Congratulations to everyone for such a team effort; from the receptionists,
health advisors that triage and book patients in, to the support workers who
assist and the doctors and nurses who provide LARC.”