Women in the U.K. are reportedly at a loss for how to avoid pregnancy during a contraceptive shortage caused by an unknown supply-chain problem. Unplanned pregnancies and abortions are skyrocketing as women complain they “have no good option” to avoid pregnancy.
The pharmaceutical company, Phizer, thinks the supply problems can be traced to Sayana Press, which underestimated demand for self-administered birth control, which led to women scrambling for other kinds of contraceptives, which have subsequently been bought out across the nation.
Health officials are warning that the consequences for the contraceptive shortage are dire. Three million women in the United Kingdom take the birth control pill and 500 thousand take long-lasting injections to avoid pregnancy (or immediately terminate it, should an egg be released and fertilized, making the womb inhospitable to the new life).
The Royal College of GPs is trying to address the crisis and give women alternative birth control options, which include the ‘barrier method’ and…wait for it…not having sex when they’re ovulating.
Radical, we know.
The U.K. health ministry is now attempting to educate women as to how their bodies function and when it is possible during their monthly reproductive cycle to get pregnant. It’s estimated that nearly 90% of women in the U.K. are ill-informed regarding how or when pregnancy can occur. They are now undergoing a massive education campaign to explain the birds and the bees.
Meanwhile, medical science seems to suggest in not-so-recent findings that the best way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy is abstinence from sexual intercourse with people you don’t want to make babies with.