Use of the combined oral contraceptive pill by under 16s

J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2001 Jan;27(1):17-9. doi: 10.1783/147118901101195047.


The General Practice Research Database was used to examine prescribing of the combined oral contraceptive pill for females aged under 16 in England and Wales in 1997. From these data, calculations were made to estimate prevalence for these countries; family planning clinic return data were combined with the general practice estimates to give an overall figure of 4.2 per 100. This extent of use is low considering the amount of sexual activity now occurring. A weak effect of population density on prescribing was found, with higher rates in the more rural areas.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Contraception / methods
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Combined / administration & dosage*
  • Drug Prescriptions / statistics & numerical data
  • Drug Utilization
  • Family Planning Services / standards
  • Family Planning Services / trends
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Prevalence
  • Probability
  • Registries
  • United Kingdom


  • Contraceptives, Oral, Combined