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Posted by: skank | 2010-05-10

Birth control

Hi Doctor,
i have a few nagging questions regarding birth control 
1. Why do i need a prescription from my Gynae in order to buy my monthly birth-control?
2. Why isnt birth-control at pharmacies free?
3. Why is the legal age for sterilisation/lagasions (tying up the tubes etc)

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There are certain circumstances where the Pill is contraindicated, e.g. high blood pressure, hence the need for a check by a doctor. Pharmacies do not provide free health care. The Pill is free at Family planning clinics.
The recommendation from Medical bodies is not to do sterilisations before the age of 30 years. The reason for this is that a high percentage of young women change their minds and want more children and sterilisation cannot easily be reversed.

Best wishes

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Posted by: gynaedoc | 2010-05-12

There are certain circumstances where the Pill is contraindicated, e.g. high blood pressure, hence the need for a check by a doctor. Pharmacies do not provide free health care. The Pill is free at Family planning clinics.
The recommendation from Medical bodies is not to do sterilisations before the age of 30 years. The reason for this is that a high percentage of young women change their minds and want more children and sterilisation cannot easily be reversed.

Best wishes

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