The morning after pill available without a prescription from 15 years old from May 2024

Amy BA

May 2, 2024 at 12:26

Poland has announced a significant measure concerning reproductive rights: from May 1, 2024, the morning-after pill will be available without a medical prescription for young people aged 15 and over. This decision marks a turning point in a country where regulations on contraceptive rights are particularly strict.

Young Daria, 16, expresses her relief: ‘It’s a big step forward for women’s rights, it’s great’. This measure will allow her and other adolescents to obtain emergency contraception by simply answering an educational questionnaire at the pharmacy.

Despite this progress, this new regulation creates uncertainties among pharmacists. Beata, a pharmacist, shares her apprehensions: ‘Honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I do not consider myself a doctor and therefore I am not ready to prescribe such medicine.. Pharmacists are still awaiting clear directives from the National Order of Pharmacists, which has expressed reservations, particularly regarding dispensing to unaccompanied minors.



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