International Consortium for Emergency Contraception
Emergency contraception refers to contraceptive methods that can be used to prevent pregnancy after sex. These methods include emergency contraceptive pills and insertion of a copper-bearing intrauterine device. Emergency contraception offers women and girls a critical second chance to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. Emergency contraception can be used, for example, when a condom breaks, when no other contraceptive method was used, or when sex was forced. Any woman who has had unprotected sex and does not want to get pregnant can use emergency contraception.
The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception is a voice for expanded access to emergency contraception. The consortium unites individuals and organizations committed to making emergency contraception more readily available. The consortium works to achieve the following:
- Women and girls around the world should have access to affordable, high-quality emergency contraception without barriers. This includes women and girls living in crisis-affected settings, low-income women, youth, and women and girls who have experienced sexual assault.
- All women and girls should know about emergency contraception. They should have comprehensive, evidence-based information about this contraceptive method.
- Emergency contraception should be integrated into family planning and post-rape care training, services, supply chains, and programming in the private sector, public sector, and non-governmental sector.
- Emergency contraception should be incorporated into reproductive health and sexual violence policies, norms, and guidelines globally and at the country level.
The International Consortium for Emergency Contraception serves as an authoritative source of information about emergency contraception, advocates for improved emergency contraception policies and programs, offers technical support to international and in-country partners, conducts research to better understand and address challenges to emergency contraception access, and provides a platform for generating new ideas and strategies related to emergency contraception.