Republic of Moldova

In the Republic of Moldova, LNG, UPA, and mifepristone EC pills and the Yuzpe method are available in pharmacies. LNG EC and the use of IUD for EC are included in national guidelines for family planning, and there are several EC reimbursement mechanisms in place.

Sexual & reproductive health background information

Female population aged 15-49 Mean age at first sexual intercourse among all individuals aged 10-24 years Mean age at birth of first child Total fertility rate % use of modern contraceptive methods
Estimate 956,6121 16.62 23.93 1.54 59.55
Year 2014 2003 2014 2013 2012

Accessibility & prescription status

In the Republic of Moldova, LNG EC, UPA EC, mifepristone for EC, and the Yuzpe method are 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. LNG EC and the Yuzpe method are also available from Youth Friendly Health Centers and Reproductive Health Offices.

Physicians, usually gynecologists and family doctors, are the sole health care professionals who are authorized to prescribe or provide LNG EC, UPA EC, mifepristone for EC, and the Yuzpe method.

Cost

Type of EC Approximate Cost Brand(s) Available
LNG € 8,04 Escapelle, Postinor
UPA € 17,03 Dvella
Mifepristone € 4,21 – € 4,73 Gynepriston

LNG EC is offered free of charge to women under 21 years old and to women from low-income backgrounds when procured at Youth Friendly Health Centers. LNG EC is also fully reimbursed in cases of rape.

Guidelines & common practices

The Republic of Moldova uses the 2004 World Health Organization’s Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (Third Edition) as guidelines for EC, and these include recommendations for LNG EC and the use of IUD for EC.

Health care providers sometimes provide general information about EC during regular consultations but never prescribe EC in advance of need. Health care providers do not require a pregnancy test or a pelvic exam before prescribing EC.

EC knowledge

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 (%) Women aged 15-49 years not married or in union who have knowledge of EC (%)
Estimate 62.85 64.15 74.15
Year 2012 2012 2012

 

Sources

1 http://statbank.statistica.md/pxweb/Dialog/SaveShow.asp.

2 Youth People Health and Development. KAP Survey. 2003.

3 National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova. The number of live births by age group of mother and infant rank, on average, in 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2015, from http://www.statistica.md/newsview.php?l=ro&idc=168&id=4729. 2015.

4 World Health Organization. Country Profile: Republic of Moldova. Retrieved 29 June 2015, from http://www.who.int/countries/mda/en/. 2015.

National Public Health Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey for the Republic of Moldova 2012. Final Report: Chișinău, Moldova. 2014.