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
- Accessibility & prescription status
- Guidelines & common practices
- EC use
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|
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.
|Type of EC||Approximate Cost||Brand(s) Available|
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.
|All women aged 15-49 years who have knowledge of EC (%)||Currently married women aged 15-49 years who have knowledge of EC (%)|
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.