Reasons for and experience in obtaining pharmacist prescribed contraception

Contraception. 2020 Oct;102(4):259-261. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2020.05.016. Epub 2020 Jun 2.


Objective: To describe reasons for and experiences with obtaining contraception from pharmacists.

Study design: Cross-sectional survey.

Results: Our sample included 426 women presenting for hormonal contraception (n = 150 pharmacist prescribers). The most common reasons women chose to obtain their contraception from a pharmacist were because no appointment was required (25%) or their prescription had lapsed (24%). Women receiving contraception from pharmacists were highly satisfied (95.3% vs 100.0%; p = 0.007). Women recalled similar side-effects counseling points regardless of prescriber type (p = 0.30).

Conclusion: Women chose to obtain contraceptive care at the pharmacy because it was timely and convenient.

Keywords: Hormonal contraception; Pharmacist; Preferences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Community Pharmacy Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Contraception Behavior
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal / administration & dosage*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hormonal Contraception*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pharmacists*
  • Professional Role
  • Young Adult


  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal