7 family planning trends to watch for in 2015

January 14, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

7 family planning trends to watch for in 2015

See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/7-family-planning-trends-to-watch-for-in-2015-85182

This year promises to be an interesting one for international family planning. Here are seven issues and trends to watch for:

1. The abortion pill

The abortion pill is at the top of the list. Distribution and sales of these drugs are increasing everywhere they are available, including Mozambique, which recently liberalized its abortion policy. Although the combination of mifepristone and misoprostol is considered the gold standard, misoprostol alone is extremely effective and may be meeting close to half of worldwide abortion demand in countries where abortion is restricted. Social marketing groups sold 3.3 million combination packs and 16 million misoprostol-only tablets in 2013 and these numbers will increase.

2. Emergency contraceptive drugs.

The line between medical abortion and emergency contraception may blur further in 2015. Low doses of mifepristone have proven to be effective as emergency contraception for some years. Ulipristal acetate, an especially effective emergency contraceptive drug, appears to work similarly to mifepristone, and may be an abortifacient at early gestation periods. More research may make it possible for women who want to avoid or end pregnancy to take a pill at almost any stage after sexual activity.

See original/source content: https://www.devex.com/news/7-family-planning-trends-to-watch-for-in-2015-85182

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