Emergency contraception is a safe, effective and responsible method of preventing pregnancy when regular contraception has failed, no contraception was used, or in the case of sexual assault.
Through the prompt use of emergency contraception, many unwanted pregnancies can be avoided. The IFPA has campaigned and advocated for better access to emergency contraception for a number of years.
Since February 2011, the progesterone emergency contraceptive pill (mainly Norlevo and Levonelle) has been available from pharmacies without a prescription. In April 2015, the ullipristal emergency contraceptive pill (ellaOne) was made available in pharmacies without a prescription.