Access to emergency hormonal contraception from community pharmacies and family planning clinics

Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2006 May;61(5):605-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2006.02623.x.


Aims: To evaluate differences in the time taken to access progestogen-only emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) by young women from family planning (FP) or community pharmacy settings.

Methods: An observational study of 203 women requesting EHC from FP clinics and community pharmacies in South-west Kent Primary Care Trust (PCT) from December 2002 to October 2003.

Results: Access to EHC from community pharmacy was significantly faster than from FP clinics (16 h vs. 41 h, P<0.001). Older teenagers tended to seek EHC more quickly and were more likely to have had a contraceptive failure rather than have used no contraception at all.

Conclusion: The results provide further support for pharmacist involvement in the supply of EHC.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Contraceptives, Postcoital, Hormonal*
  • Family Planning Services*
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital*
  • Pharmacies*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • United Kingdom


  • Contraceptives, Postcoital, Hormonal