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Practise safe sex during World Cup - IFPA
[Posted: Sat 01/06/2002 www.irishhealth.com]
by Deborah Condon
Demand for emergency contraception is expected to surge during the World Cup tournament, the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) has said.
According to the association, major sporting events, both at home and abroad, always give rise to an upsurge in demand for the morning after pill. However the timing of Ireland's matches means that people may be drinking alcohol for longer periods, increasing their likelihood of partaking in risky behaviour.
"During Ireland's participation in the World Cup in 1994, demand for our services increased. With matches kicking off much earlier this time around, we expect that there will be even more partying and when people are off-guard, they will make mistakes", the IFPA said.
If people want to avoid unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections, which can have severe health implications, they should avoid casual sex or practise safe sex by using a condom, the association added.
For those who experience contraceptive failure or who have had unprotected sex, emergency contraception can be accessed from most GPs or family planning clinics. The IFPA operates a contraceptive information helpline Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. The number is 1850 42 52 62.
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