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Mirada · 18/03/2020 20:19
Urban myth. The great power blackout that affected seven north-eastern US states (including New York City) in 1965 was the start of these kind of stories. When someone looked at the stats (I read the article in an academic journal, early 1970s) they found no change to normal birth patterns.
quince2figs · 18/03/2020 20:22
Community contraceptive services are now mostly not providing routine contraception; staff will be redeployed into hospitals. GPs are not seeing face to face patients, but can issue contraception remotely ... however as NHS staffing numbers are affected by increasing illness, this is likely to take a back seat to issuing medication for illness.
Emergency contraception is not going to be a clinical priority.
I would urge everyone needing contraceptive pills etc to access these NOW, even if that means paying for a few months’ supply via an online consultation from a pharmacy, maybe with some advance emergency contraception. If you are waiting for long acting contraception to be fitted, or a 3 month injection, access this without delay if still being offered.
Termination services realistically cannot stop offering a service, but will be impacted by staff shortages (and majority in England are non-NHS providers).
Agree yes, that vulnerable women will be those most at risk.
There will be sadly be an unplanned pregnancy boom in a few weeks and a huge baby boom in 9 months.
buttonmoonb4tea · 18/03/2020 21:15
@quince2figs I'm due to have my implant removed and refitted on the 24th March. It doesn't actually expire until May but was being organised getting booked in to have it out and refitted early.
I'm currently in self isolation due to end on 23rd March. What are the chances I can still get it done?
quince2figs · 19/03/2020 19:36
I can’t speak for all contraception services, but those I work in have stopped all coil/implant procedures this week. I would advise contacting your own service to see what is happening.
If all else fails in. NHS services, plenty of online pharmacy supply at a small cost of desogestrel pills (which are metabolised to the same hormone as in the implant).
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