Uzbekistan

Emergency contraception (EC) is available in Uzbekistan: LNG EC is available in pharmacies. LNG EC and the use of IUD for EC are included in national guidelines for family planning, but 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 8,281,0001 n/a n/a 2.192 59.33
Year 2015 n/a n/a 2012 2006

Accessibility & prescription status

In Uzbekistan, LNG EC is available over the counter from pharmacies, 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. From 2013 until May 2015, the status of the LNG EC brand Escapelle was changed to prescription-only, but this has since been reversed and it is now available directly from pharmacies again. UPA EC is not yet available in Uzbekistan, but the Yuzpe method is still used.

Physicians, midwives, and pharmacists are authorized to prescribe or provide LNG EC and the Yuzpe method.

Cost

Type of EC Approximate Cost Brand(s) Available
LNG € 14,62 Escapelle, Postinor
LNG € 9,23 Rely-X

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

Guidelines & common practices

Uzbekistan has guidelines that include EC among other contraceptive methods, and included in these guidelines are recommendations on the use of LNG EC and the use of IUD as EC.

Health care providers sometimes provide general information about EC during regular consultations. They 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 2012 Revision. New York, 2013.

2 European health for all database (HFA-DB), World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Total fertility rate. Retrieved 4 August 2015, from http://data.euro.who.int/hfadb/.

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