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Older women irresponsible over sexual health

A study at Glasgow Hospital shows that the number of teenage women failing to use contraceptives is very similar to the rate among women over the age of 20.

Out of 950 women requesting abortions at the hospital, the proportion who had failed to use contraception was 57% among teenagers and 51% among women over the age of 20.

Study author Dr Marco Gaudoin, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, commented: "The findings demonstrate that not only do we have a long way to go in persuading teenagers to use reliable contraception, but contraceptive education should also be continued in all women, regardless of their age."

A spokesman for sexual health charity FPA, Toni Belfield, added that the findings debunked the myth that teenagers are less responsible when it comes to contraception usage.