Party-goers are being urged to remember to practise safe sex during the festive season by the family planning charity Marie Stopes.
The charity said that its clinics see a rise of 10% in women wanting abortions in the months January to March, which are their busiest months of the year. It said that this was as a result of contraceptive failure over the Christmas period.
A survey also showed that 23% of women aged 16 to 24 have had unprotected sex after drinking too much alcohol and one in four have used the morning after pill at least once as emergency contraception.
The charity urged women in particular to think about using condoms as well as using their usual contraception to protect them against STI’s as well as unwanted pregnancy.