Emergency Contraceptive Pills

Emergency oral contraceptive pills are a post-coital contraceptive option, allowing women to prevent pregnancy after intercourse has occurred. There are three main types of emergency contraceptive pills: levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive pills, emergency contraceptive pills containing ulipristal acetate, and combined pills containing both progestin and estrogen (the “Yuzpe” regimen made up of oral contraceptive pills). There are two regimen options for the levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive pills: two tablets of 0.75 milligrams (mg), or one tablet of 1.5 milligrams (mg).¬†For more information on this commodity, please visit the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Product Brief on Emergency Contraceptive Pills. Levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive pills are included in the 2015 WHO Model Essential Medicines List.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills are included in the Essential Medicines List in 62 countries:

  • Algeria: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Armenia: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Belize: Regimen: Not specified
  • Bhutan: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Bolivia: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Brazil: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Burkina Faso: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Cameroon: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Cape Verde: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Central African Republic: Regimen: Not specified
  • Chile: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • China: Regimen: Not specified
  • Colombia: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Congo, Rep: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Cook Islands: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Dominican Republic: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Ecuador: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Ethiopia: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Fiji: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Gabon: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Georgia: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Ghana: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Haiti: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Iran: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Jamaica: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Kenya: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Kyrgyzstan: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Laos: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Malawi: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Mali: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Mexico: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Myanmar: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Nauru: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Nepal: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Nicaragua: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Niue: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Pakistan: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Paraguay: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Peru: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Republic Of Moldova: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Russia: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Rwanda: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Senegal: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Seychelles: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Solomon Islands: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • South Africa: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Sri Lanka: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Sudan: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Suriname: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Sweden: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Syria: Regimen: Not specified
  • Tajikistan: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Tanzania, United Republic of: Regimen: Not specified
  • Thailand: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Tunisia: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
  • Tuvalu: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Uganda: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Ukraine: Regimen: Not specified
  • Zambia: Regimen: Levonorgestrel 0.75 mg
  • Zimbabwe: Regimen: Not specified

Emergency Contraceptive Pills are not included in the Essential Medicines List in 57 countries:

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