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Guernsey to trial free contraception for under 21s

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Contraceptive services will be free to women in Guernsey and Alderney under 21 after a new pilot scheme has been launched.

The service will provide a range of contraceptive options in GP practices and dedicated sexual health centres:

  • Implants
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Injections

Consultations will also be provided free of charge throughout the trial period which will run until the end of 2018.

Guernsey's Employment & Health committees say they are launching the scheme to cut the number of conceptions in under 18s in half by 2023.

Conceptions in Guernsey & Alderney per 1000 women aged 15-17 between 2013-2015

The equivalent rate in Jersey, where free contraception is provided for under 21s, is lower.

Conceptions in Jersey per 1000 women aged 15-17 between 2013-2015

The pilot is expected to cost £116,000 per annum and will be funded from the Guernsey Health Service Fund.

Offering contraception free at the point of access is a massive step forward on the Sexual Health Strategy. It will allow young women the opportunity to make the right choice for them, without having to worry about expensive consultations.

– Deputy Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health & Social Care