15th April, 2020

The Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) have prepared advice for women seeking to obtain contraception, abortion, and other forms of sexual and reproductive healthcare during the COVID-19 epidemic. 

We know that specialist sexual and reproductive healthcare services are already being reduced and GP services are under increasing pressure.

Access to contraception and abortion during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic will probably mean changes to the way that you access contraception or abortion care due to the widescale diversion of healthcare professionals to address COVID-19 and the Government’s advice that we should all stay at home as much as possible.

FSRH want to ensure that everyone has access to effective contraception during the COVID-19 pandemic to help avoid unplanned pregnancies and have timely access to emergency contraception and abortion services should they need them.

Guidance and support from the professionals

With that in mind the FSRH have developed a 6-page factsheet that includes guidance and advice from experienced healthcare professionals for those wanting support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It answers vital subjects including how will the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the ability to get contraception or access to abortion services; through to what to do if you have been the victim of a sexual assault.

Because of these unprecedented circumstances it is vital that everyone has access to safe and effective contraception and abortion services, though necessary to deliver these services in different and innovative ways.

Factsheet: Advice for women seeking contraception, abortion and other sexual and reproductive healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.