EC Status and Availability

South Africa

EC ever use among women of reproductive age: 0.5% (DHS 2003)

EC knowledge among women of reproductive age: 19.6% (DHS 2003)

Contraceptive Use: 70.3% (DHS 2003, ever use of a modern method among women of reproductive age)

Registered LNG-EC products:

  • Escapelle* - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist
  • NorLevo 0.75 mg* - Available over the counter without having to go through a pharmacist

Products marked with * have been approved by a stringent regulatory authority, such as the WHO Prequalification Programme, the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, or other.

Where at least one type of ECP is available: Public sector clinics, Private clinics, Pharmacies, Schools

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: No data available

Legal/regulatory documents in which EC is included: Essential Medicines List, Post-rape care guidelines

Pricing information: The price of LNG EC ranges from $5.30 - $5.97, as of 2013.

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