The provision of free contraception to young people under 20 to be extended in Tampere and Orivesi
The City of Tampere will extend the provision of free contraception in Tampere and Orivesi in February. Starting from 1 February 2019, all young people in Tampere and Orivesi who are under 20 years of age as well as all young people under 20 from other municipalities who are pursuing their upper secondary education in Tampere or Orivesi will be entitled to the extended free contraception.
Young people under 20 who are in need of contraception will receive contraceptive counselling and contraceptives free of charge from municipal health care. To access these services, young people can book an appointment with their school or student health services nurse or at the youth clinic of the City of Tampere (for example, young people who are not in education). Postpartum free contraception is provided by maternity clinics.
Appointments with a nurse or a doctor that are related to contraception are always free in the City’s health services.
There are many types of contraception available, such as contraceptive pills and other hormonal contraceptives as well as long-acting contraceptives such as contraceptive implants and various kinds of intrauterine devices.
For starting contraception for the first time or starting contraception after delivery or abortion, young people under 20 years of age can receive a hormonal contraceptive (contraceptive pills, patches or rings) for free for a total of 12 months, but only until they turn 20.
Young people under 20 can receive long-acting contraceptives for free regardless of whether they have used contraception before. In long-acting contraception (hormonal or copper IUDs, contraceptive implants) the contraceptive can be used for several years, depending on the kind of contraceptive.
Condoms are also provided free of charge for young people under 20. The free condoms are intended for all young people under 20, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The free condoms are available at student or school health services, the youth clinic and health centres. In the future, other distribution channels will also be established for free condoms.
The new policy, which will be implemented from the beginning of February, is financed by extra funds, targeted at the youngest age group, allocated by the Tampere City Council. The aim is to give young people the best possible access to contraception and to also promote the prevention of STIs.
“The national action plan of the National Institute for Health and Welfare recommends that municipalities should offer young people under 20 their desired method of contraception free of charge, and we are now taking steps to achieve that goal," says Tuire Sannisto, Chief Physician, Health Services for Children and Youth.
You can also receive contraceptives for free in other situations regardless of age or home municipality
The new policy complements the City of Tampere’s current practice of distributing free contraceptives through municipal health services. According to the practice, residents of Tampere and Orivesi can receive hormonal contraception (contraceptive pills, patches or rings) free of charge for six months when starting contraception for the first time as well as after delivery or abortion. After abortion, free long-acting contraception (hormonal or copper IUD or contraceptive implant) will also be available. Condoms are also distributed, for example during health check-ups and as an alternative to other methods when starting contraception.
You can find out more about free contraception on the City of Tampere website.
Text Johanna Toivanen