Lockdown saw access to the morning-after pill fall significantly, figures suggest.

Retail data show sales fell by 50% from March to April, while NHS prescriptions for the pills declined by around 20%.

The British Pregnancy Advisor Service (BPAS) says the figures support their call for emergency contraception to be available to buy in supermarkets without a consultation.

The government says any change in the law must meet safety criteria.

‘Unplanned pregnancies could rise’

UK retail data from IRI, which include both over-the-counter and online sales, show the number of emergency contraceptive products sold fell from 38,553 units in March to 18,500 in April.

The figure rose slightly in May to 23,918.

The majority of morning after pills are issued over-the-counter in pharmacies, but NHS prescription data for England also fell.


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