Emergency Hormonal Contraception
Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) prevents unwanted pregnancies if taken within 120 h after unprotected sexual intercourse. Since 4th November, 2002, women in Switzerland have had access to the “morning after pill” without prescription in pharmacies. The dispensation is categorised „pharmacist only“ and must be protocolled. We evaluated EHC user profiles, their contraceptive methods, sexual behaviour and the time span between sexual intercourse and request for EHC from pharmacies and compared the data immediately and three years after EHC access without prescription had been authorised.
Chlamydia trachomatis is the most commonly encountered Sexally Transmitted Infection (STI). Since the infection is mostly asymptomatic in women, screening of persons at risk is a public health issue. Our collegues from the University of Western Australia investigated self-reported risk factors for Chlamydia in community pharmacies by interviewing emergency contraception consumers. In a first collaborative step, we are evaluating the feasibility of Chlamydia study in Switzerland.
Leader: PD Dr. Isabelle Arnet
PhD Student: Melanie Haag (since 2017)