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Method Number of prescriptions

1 Combined oral contraceptive 6,067,000

2 Progesterone-only contraceptive 1,052,000

3 Injectable contraceptive 1,038,000

4 Emergency contraceptive pill 373,000

5 Intra-uterine system 62,000

6 Intra-uterine device 46,000

7 Spermicides 30,000

8 Diaphragm 13,000

9 Implants 13,000

10 Fertility thermometer <>

Source: NHS Contraceptive Services, England,

2003/4 – statistical bulletin

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