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Morning-after pill ‘should be sold off the shelf’

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Morning-after pill 'should be sold off the shelf'

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Women and girls should be able to get emergency contraceptives more easily without having to see a pharmacist, women's health experts say.

A report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the morning-after pill "be sold directly off the shelf" as condoms.

There are many barriers to women's health services in the UK, he says.

And your needs should be a priority.

The report, Best for women, is also asking women to take the first abortion pill at home and the second if they know they are less than 10 weeks pregnant.

He said women should have an appointment for an early medical abortion over the phone or via Skype.

The report also recommends a network of comprehensive women's health clinics, offering smear tests, contraceptives and advice in one place.

At this time, women and girls need to have an appointment with a pharmacist before receiving a emergency contraceptive or morning-after pill – taken within five days after unprotected sex.

This can make them feel "uncomfortable, embarrassed or judged," the report says.

He recommends that the morning-after pill be available "over the counter" and ready to use, along with pregnancy tests and condoms.

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& # 39; I felt patronized trying emergency contraception & # 39;

Jane, 25, from the West Midlands, was driven away by the first pharmacy she visited to take the morning-after pill because they had no appointments that day.

After protesting, she finally went to a pharmacist and received the emergency contraceptive – but only after much questioning.

She said she felt like she had done something wrong.

"I felt really judged and patronized. I'm sure he said something like," That was silly, "says Jane.

"After that, I was angry that women are forced to go through this when there is a really simple solution."

Emergency contraception is available free of charge without a prescription from all pharmacies in Scotland and Wales.

In England, contraception services are commissioned locally and are offered at sexual health clinics, some GP surgeries and most pharmacies – but they are not always free.

The college says cuts in public health budgets have made it difficult for women to access the services they need – data obtained by the BBC last year suggest that nearly half of councils in England have plans to reduce contraception services.

This may have led to increased conception rates and abortion among older women due to unplanned pregnancies, the report says.

In 2018, over 205,000 abortions were performed in England and Wales.

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The report also calls for progestogen-only birth control pilltaken once a day to be available without a prescription from pharmacies rather than with a prescription.

She says girls and women should be able to order pills online like any other drugstore product.

Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said the progestogen-only birth control pill is very safe, and that a consultation with a doctor before taking it is "unnecessary."

The report also recommends:

  • Long-term contraception should be discussed soon after the woman gives birth.
  • better access to abortion for all women
  • Women's health clinics should be set up and open on weekends and evenings
  • Three complete IVF cycles should be offered to all eligible women in the UK
  • Office hours should be extended to 15 minutes

The report said: "Many women spend years in pain and discomfort because consultation times are too short and the demands of doctors and other health professionals are too great.

"It makes women less likely to talk about their problems."

The report points out that longer commitments would save NHS money in the long run.

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Asha Kasliwal, president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, said women and girls, including those under 18, should have free and timely access to all emergency contraception methods.

"Although emergency contraception is free in some places in England, many choose to access it at pharmacies where the cost and opening hours vary considerably.

"Consultation with pharmacists is highly recommended and best practice as this is a valuable opportunity for individuals to discuss their contraceptive needs with a healthcare professional.

"However, an appointment should not be a barrier to receiving emergency contraception."

Professor Regan said the key was to ensure that services were more integrated and responsive to the needs of girls and women.

"It is important that we provide a comprehensive health service for girls and women throughout their lives.

"We want to enable 51% of the population to be as healthy as possible and ensure that no one is left behind," she said.

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