London, June 26 : The contraceptive pill is outdated and results in unwanted pregnancies and abortions because women in the UK don't use it correctly, a Brit expert has said.
Professor James Trussell, of Princeton University, New Jersey, said that nearly one in 12 women who takes the Pill stands to become pregnant each year by missing occasional tablets.
Even the morning-after pill cannot bring down unwanted pregnancy rates because it is not used widely enough, he told a British Pregnancy Advisory Service conference in London.
Trussell suggested that women should use longer-lasting methods such as hormonal implants or intrauterine devices (IUDs) that can be "fitted and forgotten", but later removed if a woman wants a baby.
"The Pill is an outdated method because it does not work well enough. It is very difficult for ordinary women to take a pill every single day. The beauty of the implant or the IUD is that you can forget about them," Times Online quoted Trussell, as saying.
The Government wants to encourage more women to use long-acting methods, and guidance has suggested that if 7 per cent of women currently using the Pill switched to a long-acting method, then it would prevent 73,000 unintended pregnancies, saving the NHS 100 million pounds a year.
According to studies, if seven per cent of British women on the Pill switched to a long-acting method, it would prevent 73,000 unintended pregnancies, saving the NHS 100 million pounds a year.