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Women aged 17 to 25 to get free contraception from August 2022

Women aged 17 to 25 will be able to avail of free contraception from August next year.

The move is part of the 2022 Budget, which was announced earlier this week.

Women in the age bracket will be entitled to the contraceptive pill free of charge, and fitting and removing methods such as the coil or the bar implant will also be free.

While the contraceptive pill will be free, individuals will have to continue to pay the prescription charge which is usually around €1.50.

Women in the 17 to 25 age bracket will also receive two free GP visits a year regarding contraception.

It is part of a €31 million women’s health package announced by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath.

Speaking on the announcement Irish Family Planning Association Chief Executive Officer Niall Behan said: “The high upfront cost of the most effective long-lasting contraceptives makes them inaccessible to many women, who are currently forced to rely on less effective methods, or no method at all.”

€10 million of the women’s health funding will used to address period poverty, which Homeless Period Ireland has described as “positive”.

They said: “We look forward to seeing how and when this funding will be allocated as those in need cannot afford to wait.”


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