Emergency contraception, an important resource for adolescents

This year’s UNFPA State of World Population Report focuses on adolescents and youth inherent human rights. The Report mentions that emergency contraception (EC) is something that adolescents particularly need because they use relatively ineffective methods, do not use contraceptive at all, or are more susceptible to coerced sex. How ever, youth access to EC is often limited or blocked. In Europe, for instance, in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland and Poland age restrictions to purchase EC pills are in place. The report also explains that promoting over-the-counter access to EC can be an effective out-of-facility approach to reach vulnerable youth with reproductive health care services.

You can find the full report in different languages here and the special supplement focused on Eastern Europe and Central Asia here.