Azerbaijan

Emergency contraception (EC) is available in Azerbaijan: LNG EC is available in pharmacies. LNG EC and the use of IUD for EC are included in national guidelines for family planning, but EC is not reimbursed or covered by social security.

Sexual & reproductive health background information

Female population aged 15-49 Mean age at first sexual intercourse Mean age at birth of first child Total fertility rate % use of modern contraceptive methods
Estimate 2,688,0001 20 – 242 232 2.22 51.1%3
Year 2015 2011 2011 2011 2006

Accessibility & prescription status

In Azerbaijan, LNG EC is available behind the counter from pharmacies, which means that EC is available without a prescription but is not on the shelves and needs to be requested in order to purchase. A prescription is required to buy regular contraceptive pills to resource to the Yuzpe method.

Physicians are the sole health care professionals who are authorized to prescribe the Yuzpe method, while both physicians and pharmacists can provide LNG EC.

Cost

Type of EC Approximate Cost Brand(s) Available
LNG € 4,79 Postinor
LNG € 5,22 Escapelle

The cost of EC is not reimbursed or covered by social security in Azerbaijan.

Guidelines & common practices

Azerbaijan issued Reproduktiv sağlamlıq / Ailə planlaşdırılması üzrə klinik protokollar (National Reproductive Health/Family Planning Clinical Protocol) in 2009, which provides recommendations on LNG EC and the use of IUD for EC.

Health care providers rarely provide general information about EC during regular consultations and never provide EC in advance of need. Pregnancy tests and pelvic exams are not required before obtaining EC.

EC use

Ever use of EC among all women All women aged 15-49 years who have knowledge of EC Women aged 15-49 years currently married or in union who have knowledge of EC
Estimate 0,1% – 0,6%2 7%2 9,4%2
Year 2011 2011 2011

 

Sources

1 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision. New York, 2013.

2 Azerbaijan Demographic and Health Survey 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2015.

3 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Contraceptive Use 2012. New York, 2012.

Last update: July 2015