Norway

Emergency contraception (EC) is available in Norway: LNG EC, UPA EC, and the use of IUD for EC are included in national policies for family planning; EC is distributed at numerous sites, including pharmacies, schools, family planning clinics, and gas stations;  and LNG EC is often delivered free of charge to young people and vulnerable populations.

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 1,132,0001 16.52 28.43 1.884 82.2%5
Year 2010 2005 2011 2011 2005

Accessibility & prescription status

In Norway, LNG EC is available over the counter from pharmacies, schools, family planning clinics, supermarkets/gas stations, youth health services, and Norway-based Internet sites, which means that EC can be purchased without a prescription, the drug is on the shelves, and a woman can just take it to the check-out counter. UPA EC can only be purchased with a prescription from pharmacies.

While physicians are the sole health care professionals who are authorized to prescribe UPA EC, physicians, midwives, and nurses are authorized to provide or prescribe LNG EC.

Cost

Type of EC Approximate Cost Brand(s) Available
LNG € 26,50 NorLevo, Postinor
UPA € 39 ellaOne

There are no national reimbursement policies in Norway for LNG EC or UPA EC. However, LNG EC is often delivered free of charge to young people in youth health services and to vulnerable populations, and it is always delivered free of charge to rape victims.

Guidelines & common practices

Metodebok: Sex og samfunn, revised in 2012, are Norway’s family planning guidelines, which include information on EC among other contraceptive methods. These guidelines include recommendations on LNG and UPA EC pills as well as on the use of IUD for EC.

Health care providers often provide general information about EC during regular consultations and often recommend or prescribe EC in advance of need. Health care providers usually require a pregnancy test before prescribing EC, but do not require a pelvic exam.

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.