Czech Republic

Emergency contraception (EC) is available in the Czech Republic: LNG, UPA and the use of IUD for EC are included in national policies for family planning, and local pharmacies distribute EC, although 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 2,537,0001 17.22 27.63 1.434 62.6%5
Year 2010 2005 2010 2011 1997

Accessibility & prescription status

Since December 2011, LNG EC is available from pharmacies for women who are 17 years old or older, without a prescription. For women who are 16 years old or younger, LNG EC is only available with a prescription. Since April 2015, UPA EC can also be purchased  from pharmacies and a prescription is no longer necessary. The Yuzpe regimen can only be obtained with a prescription from hospitals.

Physicians are the sole health care professionals who are authorized to provide EC.

Cost

Type of EC Approximate Cost Brand(s) Available
LNG € 21 Escapelle, Postinor-2
UPA € 24,5 ellaOne

The cost of EC is not reimbursed or covered by social security in the Czech Republic.

Guidelines & common practices

Moderní gynekologie a porodnictví, volum 16, číslo 1, published in 2007, is the Czech Republic’s guidelines exclusively devoted to EC. These guidelines include recommendations on LNG EC and the use of IUD for EC.

Health care providers sometimes provide general information about EC during regular consultations but rarely prescribe EC in advance of need. Health care providers also do not require a pregnancy test or a pelvic exam before prescribing EC.

EC use

Ever use of EC EC use in the last 12 months % with no prescription Repeated use of EC in last 12 months
Estimate n/a n/a n/a n/a
Year n/a n/a n/a n/a

 

Sources

1 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision. New York, 2011.

2 Durex Global Sex Survey Results 2005. Retrieved 20 June 2013, from http://www.durex.com/en-jp/sexualwellbeingsurvey/documents/gss2005result.pdf.

3 United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Statistical Division Database. Mean Age of Women at Birth of First Child by Country and Year. Updated 23 November 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2013, from http://w3.unece.org/pxweb/dialog/varval.asp?ma=04_GEFHAge1stChild_r&path=../database/STAT/30-GE/02-Families_households/&lang=1&ti=Mean+age+of+women+at+birth+of+first+child.

4 European health for all database (HFA-DB), World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Total fertility rate. Retrieved 18 June 2013, from http://data.euro.who.int/hfadb/.

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

Last update: September 2015