Party-goers have been warned to think about contraception before they throw caution to the wind over the festive period, as pregnancy advisors warn that office parties, wild nights out and free-flowing booze and merriment traditionally lead to a surge in unplanned New Year pregnancies.
The Crisis Pregnancy Programme said the first three months of a new year was always its busiest time, with more and more women of child-bearing age attending crisis pregnancy services for help and advice.
Dr Stephanie O'Keeffe, the Crisis Pregnancy Programme's acting director told reporters: 'Each year, crisis pregnancy counselling services see an increased level of clients at the start of the year, so it's vital that people are aware of the risks associated with unprotected sex and use contraception during the festive season to help prevent crisis pregnancy.'
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