Emergency contraception (EC) is available in Cyprus: local pharmacies distribute EC, but EC is not reimbursed or covered by social security.

Sexual & reproductive health background information

Female population aged 15-49Mean age at first sexual intercourseMean age at birth of first childTotal fertility rate% use of modern contraceptive methods

Accessibility & prescription status

In Cyprus, LNG EC was available over the counter from pharmacies. However, since the beginning of 2013, there has been no LNG EC product available in Cyprus due to the financial crisis in the region, which affected imports. Since 2015 UPA EC is available without prescription from pharmacies.

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


Type of ECApproximate CostBrand(s) Available
LNG n/a
UPA€ 29,42ellaOne

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

Guidelines & common practices

Health care providers in Cyprus follow contraceptive and EC guidelines published by international bodies.

Health care providers often provide information about contraception, but rarely provide general information about EC during regular consultations or prescribe EC in advance of need. Health care providers often do not require a pelvic exam before prescribing EC.

EC use

Ever use of ECEC use in the last 12 months% with no prescriptionRepeated use of EC in last 12 months



1 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision. New York, 2011.

2 Cyprus Institute of Reproductive Medicine and the Cyprus Youth Organization. Health in relations and sexuality. 2007.

3 United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Statistical Division Database. Mean Age of Women at Birth of First Child by Country and Year. Updated 23 November 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2013, from http://w3.unece.org/pxweb/dialog/varval.asp?ma=04_GEFHAge1stChild_r&path=../database/STAT/30-GE/02-Families_households/&lang=1&ti=Mean+age+of+women+at+birth+of+first+child.

4 European health for all database (HFA-DB), World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Total fertility rate. Retrieved 18 June 2013, from http://data.euro.who.int/hfadb/.

Last update: October 2015