Should the Emergency Contraceptive (EC) be more accessible in Singapore?Created by:
Emergency contraception, also known as “Plan B” and “the morning after pill”, is birth control you can use to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. They claim that it is widely available in Singapore with many brands to choose from. The question I want to present is "Is it easily accessible for those needing it?" Emergency contraception is usually more effective the earlier you take it after unprotected sex. This means that if you need emergency contraception, the emergency contraceptive ideally needs to be taken within 48-72 hours of unprotected sex for optimal effects.
In Singapore, emergency contraception is only available with a prescription, so you need to consult a doctor (general practitioners can usually help). This to me does not seem like an easily accessible medication. As its name suggests - it is required in emergency situations. The EC should not be seen as a stigma of it being "an easy fix" after having unprotected sex. Many seek the EC because they were sexually assaulted, date raped or otherwise forced to have unprotected sex.
In Australia, the EC is also available through the pharmacist. The same rules apply when seeing a doctor in Singapore for it. A woman must consult the pharmacist herself; a man cannot consult with the pharmacist on behalf of his partner. In other words, if you are a man whose partner needs EC, she needs to see the pharmacist herself. Pharmacists need to check on any allergies or current medications that can affect having the EC. As pharmacies tend to have longer trading hours than doctor clinics, I think it is a wise decision to make it available in pharmacies. So why can't it be treated like a pharmacist prescribed medication in Singapore?
What is it like in other countries?