13:03 - 05/02/2007 

(ANSA) - Berlin, February 5 - Italian women are the most sexually active in Europe, even if only a minority use the pill, according to a new study.

The study was carried out on a cross section of 11,490 women between the ages of 15 and 49 in 14 countries for the European Society of Contraception.

It was illustrated here on Monday at the headquarters of Bayer Schering Pharma, which has developed a new contraception pill.

According to the study, 59% of Italian women have at least one sexual encounter a week, compared to 54% of Spanish women.

The study also found that only 29% of Italian women used the pill while the vast majority preferred 'natural'methods or condoms.

Sardinian women were those in Italy who used the pill the most (28.6%), followed by those in Val D'Aosta (22.8%), Liguria (19.9%) and Emilia Romagna (19.4%).

The pill was the contraception method least used in Campania (7.6% and Basilicata (7.3%).

Aside from acting as a contraception device, studies on the new pill from Bayer showed that it helped combat water retention, controlled weight, blocked the effect of excess male hormones, which can cause acne and add fat, and was helped increase concentration.

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