Women using Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for contraception

A woman contacting a service multiple times during the year will only be counted once. For details of the methodology used for the choice of contacted see appendix C of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Report.


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Headline data

Source: NHS Digital

Geographical Area: England

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: 1. The data collection period runs from April to March. The date on the X axis is the start of this period. 2. Other contraception methods include the cap, diaphragm, spermicides (but only when used on their own) and vaginal ring. 3. Data for 2018/19 includes female condoms in other methods. 4. Data for Rutland have been combined with Leicestershire. 5. Data for City of London have been combined with Hackney. 6. Data for Isles of Scilly have been combined with Cornwall.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Women using Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for contraception

Indicator description

This indicator covers contraceptive activity taking place at dedicated Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services in England, as recorded in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity Dataset (SRHAD), a mandated collection for all providers of NHS SRH services.

Geographical coverage


Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services include family planning services, community contraception clinics, integrated GUM and SRH services and young people’s services e.g. Brook advisory centres. IUD refers to intrauterine device. IU System refers to intrauterine system.

Available disaggregations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format.

Other information

Data is not representative of the uptake of contraception methods across the whole population. Contraceptives can be obtained from other sources such as GPs or direct from pharmacies, whilst non-prescription items like condoms can be obtained easily without a visit to a medical specialist.

For analysis of contraception methods it is encouraged that data be presented as proportions rather than numbers. This is because the level of SRH service provision is constantly changing.

Excludes women where no main method of contraception was recorded during the year.

Data by local authority will be partly dependent on where services are located. In local authorities where few or no services are located, fewer contacts by residents of those areas would be expected.

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 27 January 2022
Metadata last updated 27 January 2022

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15–49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods

Target name

By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

United Nations Population Fund UNFPA

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NHS Digital



Earliest available data

2014 to 2015

Geographical coverage


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Release date 26 September 2019
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details


Other information

See tables 7 and 17.