18th February 2005 at 00:00
KS 34

You could compare the effectiveness and safety of different methods of contraception using the data published in many texts. Check you comply with the school's sex education policy. What ethical issues are raised?

Look at the way the combined oral contraceptive pill works. This is a mixture of synthetic oestrogen and progesterone and works by raising the blood hormone levels to those either of what is known as the secretion phase of the menstrual cycle or the early stages of pregnancy. Are there health or social implications?


Another hormone, released when a woman has conceived, is human chorionic gonadotrophin (or HCG); its presence in the urine is used in pregnancy test kits.

Students should be able to understand the reaction that occurs between the hormone and the coloured monoclonal antibody complexes in the test strip.

Does the availability of pregnancy testing kits affect behaviour?

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now