Report reveals negative impact of COVID-19 on access to contraception across Europe

October 2021. Last week, the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF) launched a report on access to contraception during the COVID-19 pandemic in 46 European countries.

The report concludes that countries that usually prioritize and protect sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), took measures to ensure continued access to contraception during the pandemic, whereas in countries where SRHR is systematically neglected, existing barriers were exacerbated.

EPF recommends that, among other measures, access to contraception (including long-acting reversible methods and emergency contraception), is defined as essential health care service to be delivered, and reimbursed, even in times of crisis.

The full report is available on EPF’s website.