Legislation introduced in January 2001 has meant that progestogen only contraception is now available without prescription for women aged 16 years and over. Patient records of two emergency departments in the South East Thames region between 2000 and 2001 were reviewed and it was found that there was a 52% reduction in the number of women attending these emergency departments with requests for emergency contraception. These findings suggest that the legislation has meant that more women are getting their emergency contraception without prescription from pharmacies as compared with emergency departments.
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