Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs) Training for Pharmacists
Note: This module is under revision to incorporate changes to the WHO Medical Eligibility for Contraceptive Use and Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use. We will post an announcement here when the updated module is available. Please consult the revised WHO documents for changes in the interim (see links below).
This module is designed to be used by clinical trainers and pre-service educators with a thorough understanding of adult learning principles and the ability to provide clinical training on FP topics in pre-service or in-service settings.
By the end of the training, trainees should be able to do the following:
- Describe the characteristics of levonorgestrel (LNG) emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) in a manner that customers can understand:
- What LNG ECPs are and how they work (mechanism of action)
- Side effects
- Possible precautions or complications
- ECP regimens
- Discuss legal framework for ECPs in your country
- Describe the indications for use of ECPs
- Demonstrate how to screen customers for ECP use
- Demonstrate how to inform ECP customers about the following issues:
- Characteristics of LNG ECPs
- How to use LNG ECPs
- Possible side effects of LNG ECPs and how to manage them
- The importance of using a barrier method if needed and/or starting regular contraceptives after ECP use
Read the Quick Start guide below, if you haven't already—and then explore the tabs at right to walk through the Facilitator's Guide, illustrative examples, presentation slides, handouts, and more—all of which you are free to adapt for your training participants' needs.
- Quick Start Guide
- WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) for Contraceptive Use Executive Summary (5th Edition 2015)
- WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) for Contraceptive Use, Fifth edition, 2015
- Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers (3rd Edition, 2018)
- Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use (3rd edition 2016)