Stable rate of EC’ use in Spain

October 2022. The Spanish Society of Contraception (SEC) just published the findings of the Contraception in Spain 2022 Survey (“Anticoncepcion en España 2022”).  With this survey SEC aims to strengthen the knowledge on the female population’s habits with regards to contraceptive methods use in Spain. The survey was conducted between July 21 and August 17, 2022 among 1.800 women aged 15 to 49 throughout Spain.

According to the survey findings 31,4% of the surveyed population have ever used emergency contraception. This rate is very similar to the last one recorded by the SEC (30% in 2018).  You can read the survey findings at https://sec.es/la-sec-presenta-la-encuesta-sobre-la-anticoncepcion-en-espana-2022/  and here. To learn more about access to emergency contraception in Spain visit our country page.

 

France: free EC pills for all women

September 2022. The French Minister of Health, François Braun, announced that emergency contraception pills (ECPs) will be free for all women regardless of their age, in pharmacies and without a prescription. Read more here. ECPs are provided free of cost to women under 18 since 2013; this measure was extended to women up to the age of 25 a while ago, but a prescription was required. This new policy will remove financial and administrative barriers to all women, of any age, and is expected to be implemented in 2023.

The news have triggered discussions in neighboring countries, like in the Netherlands, where past political efforts to reimburse contraception have not succeed. Read more here in English and here in Dutch.

Luxembourg: webinar Macontraception

September 2022.

FRENCH: Le 26 septembre (Journée mondiale de la contraception), le Centre national de référence pour la promotion de la santé affective et sexuelle (CESAS) du Luxembourg, organise le webinaire macontraception.lu. L’ECEC est heureuse de participer avec une présentation sur les progrès réalisés et les défis restants pour l’accès à la contraception d’urgence en Europe.  Retrouvez le programme complet du webinaire et la page d’inscription ici : https://my.weezevent.com/colloque-contraception

Marquez vos calendriers! Nous espérons que vous l’apprécierez.

ENGLISH: On September 26th, on World Contraception Day, the Centre national de référence pour la promotion de la santé affective et sexuelle (CESAS) of Luxembourg, is organizing the webinar macontraception.lu

ECEC is happy to participate with a presentation on the progress made and remaining challenges for emergency contraception access in Europe.  Please find the full webinar program and registration page here:  https://my.weezevent.com/colloque-contraception

Mark your calendars!

“Let’s talk about emergency contraception: Strategies to scale up access” 

August 2022. The Asia Pacific and the European EC consortia (APCEC and ECEC) are organizing a casual gathering within FIAPAC’s upcoming conference, to talk about emergency contraception (EC). 

Please join us for lunch at the 14th FIAPAC Conference in Riga, on September 10th for a conversation on how to scale up access to emergency contraception (EC)  and how can regional EC consortia contribute to:  

  • Improving access to timely, rights- and evidence-based EC information 
  • Facilitating information sharing to learn from each other’s efforts to put EC into women’s hands 
  • Linking stakeholders and pooling our collective expertise

This lunchtime session will be facilitated by Deborah Bateson and Angela Dawson (APCEC) and Tina Puig (ECEC). 

On September 10th, from 12h45 to 13h45, grab your lunch and meet us at the Senats Hall. Be part of this conversation, in which we all are experts. We look forward to seeing you there.

APCEC & ECEC

 

 

Catalonia: new EC provision protocol for public health services

July 2022. The Catalan Health Department just published a new protocol for emergency contraception (EC) provision in public health services. The protocol now includes LNG and UPA EC pills, and also the insertion of the Cu-IUD.

According to data estimates included in the document, in Catalonia in 2020 about 89% of EC pills were sold directly in pharmacies, while only 11% were provided in public health facilities (primary care units, sexual and reproductive health clinics, and emergency rooms).  In 2020, the demand of EC pills in the public health system decreased by 57%, compared to the previous, prepandemic, year.

As an innovative measure, patients will be given a voucher for a fast-tracked visit to a reproductive health clinic, for follow up and contraceptive counseling, in order to promote the uptake of more effective contraceptive methods.

The protocol and related publications, can be downloaded form the Health Department website here, and also here.

Updated recommendation on LNG dosages and higher BMI and weights

June 2022. Our sister organization, the American Society for Emergency Contraception (ASEC), just updated its  on EC efficacy and body weight, an excellent summary of the current understanding and recommendations on this issue. This update comes after the publication by Dr. Alison Edelman and team of Double Dosing Levonorgestrel-Based Emergency Contraception for Individuals With Obesity. The research concludes that “Individuals with higher BMIs and weights experience a higher risk of failure of emergency contraception with LNG and exhibit an altered pharmacokinetic profile. However, the simple strategy of doubling the dose does not appear to be an effective intervention to improve outcomes.”

Click here or here. to download “EFFICACY OF EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION AND
BODY WEIGHT: CURRENT UNDERSTANDING AND
RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

War in Ukraine: European Parliament calls to ensure access to emergency contraception for women throughout conflict and displacement.

May 2022. On May 5th, the European Parliament adopted a resolution that strongly condemns the use of sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon of war. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) call on the EU and host and transit countries to guarantee access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services, particularly emergency contraception, post-exposure prophylaxis and abortion care, including for survivors of rape.

The resolution notes the challenges of accessing EC in countries with restrictive policies such as Hungary and Poland.

“T. (…) women require access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services including contraception, emergency contraception, legal and safe abortion care, antenatal care and skilled assistance during childbirth; (…) access to emergency contraception is severely hampered by barriers in Poland and Hungary, due to prescription requirements; (…) in the case of Poland, Romania and Slovakia there are economic barriers in accessing such fundamental sexual and reproductive health and rights services as they are not covered by public health insurance or subsidy schemes, resulting in significant cost barriers as refugees have to pay the full cost out of pocket or seek help from local civil society organisations to cover the costs for them; (…).”

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022, approximately 5 million refugees have fled from Ukraine to the EU; an estimated 90 % of the refugees are women and children. A further 7,1 million people have been displaced internally within Ukraine.

Read the full resolution here or download it from here.

Emergency contraception for Ukraine

April 2022. Emergency contraception (EC) was available in Ukraine before the invasion by the Russian Federation, but due to the conflict supply chains have been disrupted. EC is an essential reproductive health supply. The only contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy after rape, EC is part of the first line care that must be provided to survivors of sexual violence.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Health, UN agencies and civil society organisations are working together to identify the changing needs in the area of reproductive health, and articulate rapid responses. The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund, led efforts to supply of emergency contraception pills.

Read more on BBC News and The Guardian.

 

 

Launch of the State of World Population 2022 report

March 2022. The neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy is the subject of UNFPA’s flagship 2022 State of World Population report, released on March 30, 2022. Titled “Seeing the Unseen,” the report examines how such pregnancies represent a global failure to uphold basic human rights.

Nearly half of all pregnancies, totalling 121 million each year throughout the world, are unintended. For the women and girls affected, the most life-altering reproductive choice—whether or not to become pregnant—is no choice at all.

The number is expected to rise with population growth if we don’t take decisive action.  Myths about unintended pregnancy contribute to the shame, stigma and misunderstandings that must be overcome to end this crisis.

The full report is available in several languages, here.