Publications

This page contains a selection of resources developed by ECEC as well as partner organizations that are relevant to EC access and availability in the European region. If you would like to share EC-related publications from your country, please email us.

Resources and publications:

Counseling tools 

  • Emergency contraception methods: The EC wheel. First edition, published in May 2016 by the European Consortium for Emergency Contraception, with support from the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health. Available in English, and since August 2017, in French. Contact us to receive the printable file.  Click here to use the online English EC wheel, and here for the French.

 

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Guidelines

  • Emergency Contraception: A guideline for service provision in Europe, 2nd  edition, published by ECEC in May 2016. Available in English. This supersedes the 1st edition, published in 2013 and available in English, ItalianRomanian and Spanish.
  • PowerPoint Presentation introducing Emergency contraception: A guideline for service provision in Europe, created by ECEC in 2014. Available in English.
  • Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use – 5th edition, published in July 2015 by the World Health Organisation. Available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.
  • Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use – 3rd edition, published in December 2016 by the World Health Organisation. Available in English.
  • Emergency Contraception. Guideline published by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the United Kingdom, in March 2017. Available in English This supersedes the 2011 edition.
  • Emergency Contraceptive Pills: Medical and Service Delivery Guidance, 4th edition. Published by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and available in English. This supersedes the 3rd edition, created in 2012 and  available in English, Russian, Hungarian and French
  • Clinical Summary: Emergency Contraceptive Pills, published in 2018  by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, and available in English and Spanish. It supersedes the  2013 edition available in English and French.
  • Overweight, Obesity & Contraception. Guideline published by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the United Kingdom, in April 2019 2017. Available in English.

Factsheets

  • Access to emergency contraception in some countries of the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, published in March 2017 by the ECEC. Available in English.
  • Emergency contraception: Fact sheet, created by the World Health Organization and updated regularly. Available in English, French, Russian and Spanish, among other languages.
  • An update on access to emergency contraception in European Union countries, published in April 2016 by ECEC. Available in English.
  • Access to emergency contraception in the European Union countries, created by ECEC in October 2014. Available in English.
  • Efficacy of emergency contraception and body weight: Current understanding and recommendations, created by the American Society for Emergency Contraception, and adapted by ECEC in November 2015. Available in English.
  • Repeated Use of Emergency Contraceptive Pills: The Facts, created by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception in October 2015                         Available in English and French.
  • Emergency Contraception guidelines in the European Union countries, created by in 2014. Available in English.
  • Over-the-Counter Access to Emergency Contraceptive Pills, created by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, the American Consortium for Emergency Contraception, and ECEC. Available in English, German and Italian.
  • Factsheet on the safety of Levonorgestrel-alone emergency contraceptive pills (LNG ECPs), created by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation
    Available in English, Spanish and French.
  • Mechanism of Action: How do levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive pills (LNG ECPs) prevent pregnancy? Created by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception and endorsed by the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Available in English, Spanish, French and German.
  • Emergency Contraception and Medical Abortion: What’s the Difference? Created by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception
    Available in English, Spanish and French.
  • Regimen Update: Dosage and Timing, created by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception in 2013, and available in English, Spanish and French.
  • The Intrauterine Device (IUD) for Emergency Contraception, created by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception in 2012 and available in English.
  • It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Pregnancy, created by PATH
    Available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Arabic.

Training resources

Issue papers for programs and advocates

  • Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe – leaving no one behind. Adopted by the 66th session of the World Health Organization Committee for Europe in September 2016. Hungary, Poland and Turkey disassociated themselves from the Action plan. Available in English and Russian.
  • Limited Access: Europe’s Contraception Deficit –  A White Paper, published by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) in 2018. Available in English.
  • Experiencing backlash in women’s rights and gender equality in the European Union, European Parliament Resolution, February 2019. Available in English.
  • Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe, issue paper published by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in December 2017. Available in English.
  • Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services: Guidance and recommendations, created by WHO in 2014                Available in English
  • Emergency Contraception: Questions and Answers for Decision-Makers, created by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception
    Available in English, Spanish and French.
  • Access to Contraceptives in the European Union: Human Rights, Barriers and Good Practices, published in 2012 by the Center for Reproductive Rights
    Available in English
  • Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Data on EC Knowledge and Use: Regional Compilations, created in 2012 by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception. Available here.

Emergency contraception laws and policies

  • Breaking Ground: Treaty Monitoring Bodies on Reproductive Rights, 3rd edition, created by the Center for Reproductive Rights in 2018 and available in English.  The 2nd  edition was published in 2015 and is also available in English.

Additional family planning and reproductive health resources

  • The State of World Population, published annually by the United Nations Population Fund in multiple languages.