REPEATED sexual health campaigns have been credited with a huge drop in the number of abortions across the Lothians last year.
Terminations hit their lowest for almost 20 years in the area, with rates falling in all age groups, especially among teenagers.
Health chiefs said endless messages about contraception were finally sinking in, but stressed improvements still had to be made.
One of the main reasons for the fall, experts said, was the growing use of long-term protection like the coil and contraceptive implant.
Dr Alison McCallum, director of public health and health policy for NHS Lothian, said: “Our priority has been to look at the provision of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) and encourage uptake of this by particular groups, including those who have had an abortion.
“One of the main aims of our new sexual health & HIV strategy is to further reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies through increasing the use of contraception in high risk groups, particularly LARC.
“We also aim to support people to make informed choices about sex and the use of contraceptives and ensure they are confident about the decisions they make.”
Deprivation remains a huge influence on how likely someone is to have a termination in Edinburgh. Someone from the poorest part of the Capital is twice as likely to request the procedure as their counterpart from the wealthiest.
Put briefly, comprehensive sex education and access to contraception reduce the abortion rate.
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