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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21931: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many women have received treatment for problems arising from an intrauterine (a) device and (b) system in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) NHS board area and (ii) age group.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 18 March 2019

Most intrauterine devices (IUDs) are inserted in a primary care or hospital outpatient setting and any problems arising will often be treated there rather than as a hospital inpatient. However, data are not available centrally on the number of women treated for such problems in primary care or hospital outpatient settings.

Information on the number of intrauterine devices and intrauterine systems prescribed from sexual health settings (National Sexual Health System - NaSH) and primary care settings (Prescribing Information System) is published by NSS: Information Services Division.

'The Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Key Clinical Indicator (KCI), LARC - 2018 in the LARC' publication gives details in 'data tables' 2 and 3 of the number of prescribed IUD devices/systems respectively and shows that across the last 5 years, the total number of prescribed intrauterine devices was around 36,000. For the same period, around 111,000 intrauterine systems were prescribed. The tables are available through the following link: https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Sexual-Health/Publications/

NSS: Information Services Division has also provided the following table which shows the number of hospital inpatient stays which resulted from complications related to intrauterine contraceptive devices. The number of hospital stays are too small to allow further breakdown by age-group:

Number of hospital stays with any diagnosis of mechanical complications of intrauterine contraceptive device, by health board of residence

Health board

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

*

7

*

9

6

28

NHS Borders

*

-

-

-

-

*

NHS Dumfries &
Galloway

*

*

*

*

-

5

NHS Fife

9

17

13

14

11

64

NHS Forth Valley

*

*

*

4

*

14

NHS Grampian

*

6

*

6

*

20

NHS Greater Glasgow
& Clyde

14

22

14

19

24

93

NHS Highland

5

7

*

*

7

25

NHS Lanarkshire

*

-

5

5

*

16

NHS Lothian

14

31

30

16

23

114

NHS Orkney

-

-

*

*

-

*

NHS Shetland

-

-

*

-

-

*

NHS Tayside

*

8

9

*

7

29

NHS Western Isles

-

*

-

*

-

*

Grand Total

60

105

84

81

85

415

Source: NHS National Services Scotland - Information Services Division (NSS:ISD). SMR01 data.

Note: a "*" represents a value of less than 5, and a "-" represents zero.