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Presents the results of the module of questions on contraception and sexual health included on the National Statistics Omnibus Survey. The module was sponsored by the Information Centre for health and social care (IC). Contains statistics regarding contraceptive use among women aged under 50; women ‘at risk’ of pregnancy; sterilisations and vasectomies; sexual behaviour and condom use; and knowledge of sexually transmitted infections.

Main Topics/Subject Category

Contraceptive use among people aged under 50, pregnancy risk, emergency contraception and family planning, sterilisation and vasectomies, sexual behaviour and condom use, knowledge of sexually transmitted infections.

Contraception, emergency contraception, sterilisation, vasectomies, sexual health, sexual behaviour, condom use, condom
Identifier Variables
GOR, postcode
Economic/Subject Categories
Sexual Health
Area of Health System
Primary care, Secondary care
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Unit of Analysis

Women aged 16-49 and men aged 16-69. A random probability sample of 3,000 private households in Great Britain is selected each month using the postcode Address File as a sampling frame. Due to changes in the design of the National Statistics Omnibus survey, the sample size from 2005 was approximately two-thirds of that in previous years.

Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Conditions of Access
Free access
Office for National Statistics