Last modified on December 29th, 2020
Emergency Contraception (EC) in Ghana
Emergency Contraception or EC can prevent a pregnancy if you’ve had unprotected sex (with or without consent) or if your contraceptive method failed. You can use EC pills or a copper non-hormonal IUD.
Is EC widely available in Ghana?
Yes, the EC pill is sold in most pharmacies/chemical shops and health centers in Ghana. The IUD is available in all reproductive health centres within hospitals in Ghana, as well as other organizations such as Marie Stopes.
Ghanaian public health centers do not offer free or subsidized EC pills or IUDs at the moment.
Do I need a prescription to buy EC in Ghana?
No, the EC pill is an over-the counter medicine that is sold without a prescription. To know how to use the EC pill and other informative details, visit our EC pill page.
The IUD does not require prescription either, simply visit your nearest health facility or Marie Stopes to discuss your options.
Is there any age restriction for accessing EC in Ghana?
No, anyone can purchase EC.
How much does EC cost in Ghana?
EC pill costs averagely GHS8-9 depending on the pharmacy, the IUD costs GHS12 per insertion at Marie Stopes, but may be different if you go to a health facility.
What are the different EC brands available in Ghana’s market?
The two most widely available EC pill brands are the lydia postpil and Postinor-2. Also available back-up by Marie Stopes.
Marie Stopes offers both the copper and hormonal IUDs at their service centres.
EC pill can be found in 1 and 2 pill doses and both are safe and effective in preventing a pregnancy when taken within 72 hours.
Who can I contact for more information on the EC in Ghana?
For the EC pills
Lydia Hotline number: Call 1221
Whatsapp line: 050 166 1660
For the IUD
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