FIGO recommends promoting and suppling emergency contraception, during the COVID-19 pandemic

May 2020. Last April, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) issued a statement pointing at key action points to ensure access to contraception services and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contraception services and supplies are core components of essential health services and access to these is a fundamental human right.

The key action points include:

  • Expanding postpartum family planning services
  • Pro-actively promoting and supplying self-care contraception methods, including emergency contraception
  • Lifting those barriers that difficult access to contraception
  • Improving contraception information and access through telemedicine (mobile phones and social media)
  • Addressing with due anticipation, the upcoming challenges in supply chains.
  • Providing adequate Personal Protection Equipment for all health care workers.

The FIGO statement on Family Planning Services during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here, as is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The latest edition of the FIGO and ICEC guidance on EC pills (December 2018), sums up the most recent evidence and recommendations for UPA and LNG EC pills use, and is available on our website.