EC Research Literature


This page contains references to pericoital, postcoital and emergency contraception (EC) research literature. If you want like to share articles and references from your country, please email us at cpuig [at] eeirh [dot] org.


  • Iacobucci G. National scheme to offer emergency hormonal contraception in pharmacies will cut GP workload, say researchers doi:10.1136/bmj.o2832. Abstract available at
  • Odwe G, McCann B, Liambila W, et al Feasibility of e-commerce pharmacy provision and acceptability of levonorgestrel 1.5 mg for pericoital use in urban and peri-urban settings in Kenya: a prospective cohort study.
  • Tong YW, Lo SST, Fung BWK, Cameron ST, Ng EHY, Li RHW. Acceptability of different mechanisms of action of contraception in women: a questionnaire survey. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2022 Apr;48(2):117-122. doi: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2021-201110. Epub 2021 Nov 1. PMID: 34725054.
  • Cahill EP, Lerma K, Shaw KA, Blumenthal PD. Potential candidate for oral pericoital contraception: evaluating ulipristal acetate plus cyclo-oxygenase-2 inhibitor for ovulation disruption. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2022 Jul;48(3):217-221. doi: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2021-201446. Epub 2022 Apr 25. PMID: 35470225. Abstract available at:
  • Tenaw LA (2022) Practice and determinants of emergency contraceptive utilization among women seeking termination of pregnancy in Northwest Ethiopia—A mixed quantitative and qualitative study. PLoS ONE 17(2): e0263776. Abstract available at:


  • Italia, S. ., Schröder-Bäck, P. and Brand, H. . (2020) “Switching emergency contraceptives to non-prescription status and unwanted pregnancy among adult and teenage women: A long-term European comparative study”, South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH), 13(1). doi: 10.4119/seejph-3277. Abstract available at


In 2014 ECEC did a compilation of Europe-based EC literature, which is available here:


  • Westley E, Glasier A. Emergency contraception: dispelling the myths and misperceptions. Bull World Health Organ. 2010 Apr;88(4):243-4. doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.077446. PMID: 20431781; PMCID: PMC2855611.
Last update: December 2022