Andorra

Emergency contraception (EC) has been available in Andorra for over 10 years. Local pharmacies and public health centres distribute LNG and UPA EC pills without prescription since June 2018.

Sexual & reproductive health background information

Total population Mean age at first sexual intercourse Mean age at birth of first child Total fertility rate % use of modern contraceptive methods
Estimate 77,000 (*) n/a n/a n/a n/a
Year 2017

Accessibility & prescription status (**)

In Andorra, from 2008 until 2018, national guidelines for pharmacists established that prescription was mandatory in order to purchase EC pills. But since June 2018 LNG and UPA EC pills are available behind the counter from pharmacies for population over 16. This means that EC is available without a prescription but is not on the shelves and needs to be requested in order to purchase. EC pills are also provided in the hospital emergency room, and in pubic health care centres. Those under 16 still requiere a medical prescription to use EC.

Cost (***)

Type of EC Approximate Cost Brand(s) Available
LNG € 6,1 – € 7,8 NorLevo
UPA € 20 – € 26 EllaOne

Both UPA and LNG EC pills are covered by the Andorra Social Security System when procured with a prescription.

Guidelines & common practices

In June 2018, the Ministry of Health updated and disseminated updated directives for EC provision in pharmacy.

EC use

Knowledge of EC among all women aged 15-49 years (%) Knowledge of EC among currently married women aged 15-49 years (%)
Estimate n/a n/a
Year

 

Sources

(*) United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: 2017 Revision. New York, 2017.

(**) Ministry of Health of Andorra. Press release. Retrieved 6 June 2018, from https://www.govern.ad/salut/item/9289-els-anticonceptius-d-urgencia-es-podran-dispensar-sense-recepta-medica

(***) Information provided by Stop Violències; 7 June, 2018.

Last update: June 2018