Tajikistan

Emergency contraception (EC) is available in Tajikistan: local pharmacies and family planning clinics distribute LNG EC, UPA EC, and the Yuzpe method. LNG EC, UPA EC, and the use of IUD for EC are included in national guidelines for family planning.

Sexual & reproductive health background information

Female population aged 15-49 Median age at first sexual intercourse among women aged 25-49 years Median age at birth of first child among women aged 25-49 years Total fertility rate among women aged 15-49 years % current use of modern contraceptive methods among all women aged 15-49 years
Estimate 2,225,0001 20.32 21.82 3.82 17.52
Year 2015 2012 2012 2012 2012

Accessibility & prescription status

In Tajikistan, LNG EC, UPA EC, and the Yuzpe method are available behind the counter from pharmacies and family planning clinics, which means that EC is available without a prescription but is not on the shelves and needs to be requested in order to purchase.

Physicians are the sole health care professionals who are authorized to prescribe or provide LNG EC, UPA EC, and the Yuzpe method.

Cost

Type of EC Approximate Cost Brand(s) Available
LNG € 7,81 Postinor
LNG € 6,58 Escapelle
LNG € 2,99 Ned72
UPA € 5,36 Dvella

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

Guidelines & common practices

There are guidelines in Tajikistan that are dedicated exclusively to EC, and they include recommendations on LNG EC, UPA EC, and the use of IUD for EC. Tajikistan also uses the World Health Organization’s “Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use” as guidelines for EC.

Health care providers often provide general information about EC during regular consultations and sometimes prescribe EC in advance of need. Health care providers sometimes require a pregnancy test and a pelvic exam before prescribing EC.

EC use

All women aged 15-49 years who have knowledge of EC (%) Currently married women aged 15-49 years who have knowledge of EC (%)
Estimate 16.52 21.52
Year 2012 2012

 

Sources

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

2 Tajikistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2015, from http://dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/FR279/FR279.pdf.