Fears pharmacy coronavirus measures may affect women seeking emergency contraception

Fears pharmacy coronavirus measures may affect women seeking emergency contraception

Director of the Sexual Health Centre, Dr Martin Davoren said that queues outside chemists may be off-putting for women facing a potential crisis pregnancy.

CONCERNS have been raised for Cork women accessing emergency contraception amid increased measures in pharmacies to tackle Covid-19.

Director of the Sexual Health Centre, Dr Martin Davoren said that queues outside chemists may be off-putting for women facing a potential crisis pregnancy.

“It’s not that it’s so much difficult,” Dr Davoren said, "but it is difficult for woman who are looking for privacy during a challenging time. 

"Many pharmacies are only allowing one customer through the door at a time.” 

He said that these measures could lead women to feel more exposed. However, he offered reassurance that pharmacists deal with emergency contraception related consultations on a daily basis.

“Pharmacies now have to reformat their consultations and the way they operate in order to protect their customers and staff," he said. "This is going to be very difficult for women accessing emergency contraception. Although this is a very unique juncture it’s all about navigating that space when you get in the door. We’re in a place now where physical distance has become totally acceptable. If there is someone else close by it’s okay to ask someone to step back and realise that your privacy is important too. This is a situation where you want to feel as comfortable as possible.” 

He reiterated that the centre is still available for those in search of support and advice during such a turbulent climate.

“While the centre isn’t operating the same way as we were before the Covid-19 outbreak we are still available to offer support both over the phone and online.” 

Those wishing to avail of support can contact the organisation by phone on 021 4276676 or at www.sexualhealthcentre.com. 

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