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# Emergency Contraception

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# Contraception
Government plans to reduce the cost of the morning-after pill or make it free for all women
The minister plans to expand access to barrier contraception.
Taoiseach says women seeking morning after pill should not face 'invasive' questioning
On the referendum, Varadkar said women should be trusted in the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy.
# Emergency Contraception
Boots apologises after it's accused of moralising to women about the morning-after pill
The pharmacy chain has been criticised over the price of its emergency contraceptive pill.
# Emergency Contraception
Morning after pill available to all medical card holders without prescription from today
Up until 2011, anyone who needed emergency contraception had to attend a doctor in order to get a prescription.
# Emergency Contraception
Morning after pill: Medical card holders to get access without prescription
Pharmacists have argued that prescription requirements limited medical card holders’ access to the contraceptive.
# Plan B
Irish women can now buy the most effective morning-after pill without a prescription
EllaOne can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex.
# Behaviour and Attitudes
One third of Irish women don't use contraception
While nine per cent say they use natural methods.
# Pregnancy
Can a woman's weight affect the success of the morning-after pill?
The EU is to investigate if emergency contraception is less effective in women weighing 80kg or more.
Voices
Column: What you don’t know about emergency contraception (and why it might hurt you)
Revelations that emergency contraceptives were bring sold without a warning that their effectiveness could be compromised in women of a certain weight underlines the lack of holistic education about contraception and sexual health, writes Alison Begas.
Voices
Column: Ireland's reproductive revolution – are women now in control?
Irish women have been actively demanding the freedom to choose when or if they become pregnant for over 40 years; a great deal has changed regarding contraception, but have we come far enough? asks Fiona Dunkin.
# Morning After Pill
US court orders wider access for morning after pill regardless of age
The judge ruled that current restrictions requiring teens to obtain a prescription were “politically motivated” and “scientifically unjustified”.
Voices
Column: I'm so grateful I had an unplanned pregnancy in America, not Ireland
An Irish girl recalls her experience of deciding to have a termination – and her relief that she was away from home.
Voices
Column: Making emergency contraception easy to access has been good for women
Just over one year ago the rules for getting the morning-after pill in Ireland were relaxed. Alison Begas looks at what this change has meant for women.
# sexual health
Sexual healthcare now considered a 'luxury'?
The Dublin Well Woman Centre has seen a significant drop in the number of people attending for STI screening.
# Contraception
Average age of women requesting morning after pill is 23 years - survey
Survery by the Irish Pharmacy Union says that 85 per cent of pharmacists polled have been asked for the drug since mid-February.
# HSE
Free emergency contraception costs HSE €350K
Medical Independent obtains figures which reveal the cost of free emergency contraception to the Health Service Executive.