Last updated on: 11/19/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Prescription Status of Birth Control Pills around the World

Of 135 countries, representing 95.79% of the 2017 global population, for which information is available, 39 countries (15.48% of the population) require a prescription, including the United States; 10 (4.31%) formally required a health screening but no prescription; 36 (51.23%) have formal policies that do not not require a prescription or a health screening; and 50 (24.75%) have informal policies making birth control pills available without a prescription. Overall, 80.29% of the world’s population has access to birth control pills without a prescription.

 CountryRx RequiredAvailable without Rx
(health screening required)
Available without Rx
(no health screening required)
Informally Available without Rx2017 Population
(millions)
Percent of Global Population
Totals391036507,213.69--
Percent of Global Population15.48%4.31%51.23%24.75%--95.79%
1AfghanistanX35.530.47%
2AlbaniaX2.870.04%
3AlgeriaX41.320.55%
4AngolaX39.780.53%
5ArgentinaX44.270.59%
6ArmeniaX2.930.04%
7AustraliaX24.600.33%
8AustriaX8.810.12%
9AzerbaijanX9.860.13%
10BahamasX0.400.01%
11BahrainX1.490.02%
12BangladeshX164.702.19%
13BelarusX9.510.13%
14BelgiumX11.370.15%
15BelizeX0.370.00%
16BhutanX0.810.01%
17BoliviaX11.050.15%
18Bosnia & HerzegovinaX3.510.05%
19BotswanaX2.300.03%
20BrazilX209.302.78%
21BulgariaX7.100.09%
22Burkina FasoX19.190.25%
23CambodiaX16.010.21%
24CameroonX24.050.32%
25CanadaX36.710.49%
26Cape VerdeX0.550.01%
27ChadX14.90.20%
28ChileX18.050.24%
29ChinaX1,386.4018.41%
30ColombiaX49.070.65%
31Costa RicaX4.910.07%
32CroatiaX4.130.05%
33CubaX11.480.15%
34Czech RepublicX10.590.14%
35Democratic CongoX81.341.08%
36DenmarkX5.770.08%
37DjiboutiX0.960.01%
38Dominican RepublicX10.770.14%
39EcuadorX16.620.22%
40EgyptX97.551.30%
41El SalvadorX6.380.08%
42Equatorial GuineaX1.000.01%
43EstoniaX1.270.02%
44EthiopiaX104.961.39%
45FinlandX5.510.07%
46FranceX67.120.89%
47GabonX2.030.03%
48GeorgiaX3.720.05%
49GermanyX82.701.10%
50GhanaX28.830.38%
51GreeceX10.760.14%
52GuatemalaX16.910.22%
53GuineaX12.720.17%
54HaitiX10.980.15%
55HondurasX9.270.12%
56HungaryX9.780.13%
57IcelandX0.340.00%
58IndiaX1,339.1817.78%
59IndonesiaX264.003.51%
60IranX81.161.08%
61IrelandX4.810.06%
62IsraelX8.710.12%
63ItalyX60.550.80
64Ivory CoastX24.300.32%
65JamaicaX2.890.04%
66JapanX126.791.68%
67JordanX9.700.13%
68KazakhstanX18.040.24%
69KenyaX49.700.66%
70KuwaitX4.140.05%
71LaosX6.860.09%
72LesothoX2.230.03%
73LiberiaX4.730.06%
74LithuaniaX2.830.04%
75MacedoniaX2.080.03%
76MadagascarX25.570.34%
77MalawiX18.620.25%
78MalaysiaX31.620.42%
79MaliX18.540.25%
80MexicoX129.161.72%
81MoldovaX3.550.05%
82MongoliaX3.100.04%
83MorroccoX35.740.47%
84MozambiqueX29.670.39%
85NamibiaX2.530.03%
86NepalX29.300.39%
87NetherlandsX17.130.23%
88New ZealandX4.790.06%
89NigeriaX190.892.53%
90NorwayX5.280.07%
91PakistanX197.022.62%
92PalestineX4.680.06%
93PanamaX4.100.05%
94ParaguayX6.810.09%
95PeruX32.170.43%
96PhilippinesX104.921.39%
97PolandX37.980.50%
98PortugalX10.290.14%
99RomaniaX19.590.26%
100RussiaX144.51.92%
101RwandaX12.210.16%
102Saudi ArabiaX32.940.44%
103SenegalX15.850.21%
104SerbiaX7.020.09%
105SlovakiaX5.440.07%
106SloveniaX2.070.03%
107South AfricaX56.720.75%
108South KoreaX51.450.68%
109SpainX46.570.62%
110Sri LankaX21.440.28%
111SudanX40.530.54%
112SwazilandX1.370.02%
113SwedenX10.070.13%
114SwitzerlandX8.470.11%
115SyriaX18.270.24%
116TaiwanX23.630.31%
117TajikistanX8.920.12%
118TanzaniaX57.310.76%
119ThailandX69.040.92%
120TogoX7.800.10%
121Trinidad & TobagoX1.370.02%
122TunisiaX11.530.15%
123TurkeyX80.751.07%
124TurkmenistanX5.760.08%
125UgandaX42.860.57%
126UkraineX44.830.60%
127United Arab EmiratesX9.400.12%
128United KingdomX66.020.88%
129United StatesX325.724.33%
130UruguayX3.460.05%
131VenezuelaX32.000.42%
132VietnamX95.541.27%
133YemenX28.250.38
134ZambiaX17.090.23%
135ZimbabweX16.530.22%