UK: New guidance to improve access to high quality contraceptive services for youth includes EC

In the UK, new guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) aims to improve access to high quality contraceptive services, especially for young people up to the age of 25.

Recommendations on emergency contraception (EC) include:

  • ensuring that young women (and young men) know where to obtain free EC;
  • informing young women that an intrauterine device is a more effective form of EC;
  • ensuring that young people have timely access to EC; and
  • ensuring arrangements are in place to provide a course of oral emergency contraception in advance in those circumstances where the regular contraceptive method being used, such as condoms or the pill, is subject to ‘user failure.’

Click here to access the NICE guidance.