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Emergency Contraception

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Emergency contraception is a safe, effective and responsible method of preventing pregnancy when regular contraception has failed, no contraception was used, or in the case of sexual assault.

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Through the prompt use of emergency contraception, many unwanted pregnancies can be avoided. The IFPA has campaigned and advocated for better access to emergency contraception for a number of years. Since February 2011, the progesterone emergency contraceptive pill (mainly Norlevo and Levonelle) has been available from pharmacies without a prescription. In April 2015, the ullipristal emergency contraceptive pill (ellaOne) was made available in pharmacies without a prescription. More.

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The IFPA provides emergency contraception as part of our regular sexual and reproductive health services. Read about our same-day emergency contraception service here.


As a result of the frequent questions asked by women and men about emergency contraception within many of our training programmes, the IFPA developed an information clip. This 4 minute animation presents clear, non-judgmental factual information on how emergency contraception works and where to access it. View the information clip here.

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Every sexually active woman or girl may need to access emergency contraception at some point in her life so it is important to learn the facts. Read our comprehensive Factsheet on Emergency Contraception here.

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This section contains information about how to access emergency contraception and what to do if you are refused emergency contraception by a doctor or a pharmacist. More

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There is a lot of misinformation about emergency contraception. This section gives clear and unbiased information on emergency contraception and dispels many myths. More


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