The updated 2017 guidance from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) provides a clear differentiation on efficacy of different EHC options available6.
It recommends that Pharmacy advises women that:
As the copper-IUD is not immediately available in pharmacy, ellaOne® should be considered as first-line emergency contraception.
More than 1 in 2 UK women are classified as overweight11. The FSRH recommends the effectiveness of some emergency hormonal contraceptions could be reduced in women weighing over 70kg or a BMI over 26kg/m2 6.
However, ellaOne® remains an effective EHC option regardless of a woman’s weight or BMI7.
of women feel embarrassed or awkward when buying EHC from a healthcare professional13
women admit they would wait until there were no other customers around before asking the pharmacist for EHC14
women said they would go to another town to avoid bumping into anyone they know14, some women would even put off going to get EHC or they would ask someone else to get it for them14
women would rather give up sex for a month than talk about EHC14.
For most women, asking a pharmacist for an emergency contraception is not an easy conversation.
ellaOne® has developed a tool to help make the consultation more comfortable in pharmacy.
The ellaOne® checklist allows women to discreetly answer a few basic questions about their UPSI and health conditions to help make the conversation less awkward.
To order a pack, email ellaOnepharmacist@precision.email or click on the link below.
We would be very interested to hear your thoughts about the checklist – please fill in the form below to have your say.
If you need more information or advice, please get in contact.
* a CPD training module on Emergency Contraception is also available on The Pharmacy Network (links outside this site)