Contraception for minors: completely free and anonymous from July 1st

Starting July 1, 2016, in addition to ‘ordinary’ contraceptives, medical consultations for prescriptions and laboratory testing related to prescriptions for contraception (pills, implants, and intrauterine device) will become free and anonymous for 15-18-year-olds.

The decree N° 2016-865 concerning the financial sharing for costs related to contraception for minors who are at least 15 years old was published on June 29, 2016 in the Official Journal.

Effective starting July 1, it defines the conditions under which the financial participation for health insurance related to contraception for minors is eliminated. It specifies that certain costs will be eliminated such as those for biological laboratory exams, annual medical consultation, follow-up consultation, as well as having intrauterine devices inserted or removed. Therefore, these costs will be covered by national health insurance.

« Emergency contraception » has already been available with certain limitations for youth since May 26, 2016.