Emergency contraception (EC) is available in Luxembourg: local pharmacies and family planning centers distribute LNG EC and UPA EC without a prescription.

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 Luxembourg, LNG EC is available from pharmacies and family planning centers without a prescription. Since February 1, 2015, UPA EC is also available without a prescription from pharmacies and family planning centers.4


Type of ECApproximate CostBrand(s) Available
LNG€ 9,58Norlevo
UPA€ 24,294ellaOne

EC was provided free of cost in family planning centres, but was not reimbursed by the national health fund (Caisse Nationale De Sante, or CNS).5
In January 2023, the Government announced that all short and long acting reversible contraceptives requiring a medical prescription (and also irreversible contraceptives) are to be fully covered without age-limits as of April 1, 2023. Emergency contraception pills are also to be provided free of cost in any pharmacy.6

Guidelines & common practices 

The website https://macontraception.lu/la-pilule-durgence/  (in French) and  https://mengverhuetung.lu/notfallverhuetung-mit-der-pille-danach/ (in German) developed by the Centre national de référence pour la promotion de la santé affective et sexuelle (Cesas) and partners, provide general recommendations on how to use EC (and other contraceptives), and where to find it.


1 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision. New York, 2013.

2 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 14 May 2015, 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.

3 European health for all database (HFA-DB), World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Total fertility rate. Retrieved 14 May 2015, from http://data.euro.who.int/hfadb/.

4 Ministère de la Santé. Depuis le 1er février 2015, la pilule du surlendemain est délivrée librement dans les pharmacies. Retrieved 28 April 2015, from https://gouvernement.lu/fr/actualites/toutes_actualites/communiques/2015/03-mars/17-pilule-pharmacies.html

CESAS. (2019). La pilule d’urgence. Ma Contraception. Retrieved September 24, 2021, from https://macontraception.lu/la-pilule-durgence/.

Le Gouvernement du Gran-Ducché de Luxemburg (January, 2023). L’accès universel à la contraception approuvé par le Conseil de gouvernement. Retrieved March 28, 2023, from https://gouvernement.lu/fr/actualites/toutes_actualites/communiques/2023/01-janvier/20-acces-universel-contraception.html

Last update: March 2023

Previous updates: September 2021