Contraceptive pills will be available without a prescription at pharmacies.
For the first time, women will be allowed to purchase contraceptive tablets without a prescription from a pharmacy.
Two types of progesterone-only contraceptive pills have been approved for over-the-counter distribution by regulators. Buyers will still need to meet with a pharmacist for a consultation.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ President, Dr. Edward Morris, said the decision will give women more control over their reproductive health.
“This is a significant win for women and girls who will no longer face unnecessary restrictions in obtaining contraception,” he said.
“Too many women and girls were having trouble getting basic services.
“One of the consequences of this is an increase in unintended pregnancies, which can have negative consequences for women and babies.”