TINDER is fuelling a rise in unplanned pregnancies among newly-single women, a health minister has warned.
Jackie Doyle-Price said many are conceiving accidentally while “playing the field” between long-term relationships.
EPA Jackie Doyle-Price said many are conceiving accidentally while using dating apps to ‘play the field’ between long-term relationships
Getty – Contributor Unplanned pregnancies are now growing faster among thirty-somethings than inexperienced teens
And she revealed unplanned pregnancies are now growing faster among thirty-somethings than inexperienced teens.
Ms Doyle-Price urged those “entering the market again” to think twice before having unprotected sex with a new fella.
Almost eight-times as many women in their thirties had an abortion in 2017 than those in their teens, official figures show.
The abortion rate for teenagers has halved in a decade while those among women aged 30 to 34 are up by almost a quarter.
Ms Doyle-Price told a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health that two in five pregnancies are unplanned.
‘PLEASE CONTINUE TO LOOK AFTER YOUR FERTILITY’
She added: “The growth area of unplanned pregnancies is not teenagers anymore – it’s the thirty-somethings.
“We talk about the Tinder generation… What tends to happen, is you have a woman leave one relationship and then play the field again – entering the market again.
“That’s when the unplanned pregnancies tend to happen.
“I think there’s an education point there, which is ‘please continue to look after your fertility’.”
Ms Doyle-Price said the rules around the contraceptive pill may be relaxed, so users no longer need check-ups every six months.
She likened it to blokes now being able to buy Viagra over the counter without the need to be assessed by a doctor.
The junior minister also called on women to be more outspoken when seeking medical attention so they get the treatment they need.
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It follows reports that those with endometriosis and fibroids often need multiple visits to a GP before being referred to a specialist.
She said: “We do need to challenge the medical establishment to do better.
“But equally in their defence, we as women need to be a lot more pushy and empowered when we deal with them.”
Alamy Ms Doyle-Price urged those ‘entering the market again’ to think twice before having unprotected sex with a new fella
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