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As the capital of Egypt, there are more health resources in Cairo than anywhere else in the country. However, certain health care options may be still be difficult to access. Many forms of contraception, such as condoms or birth control pills, can be purchased at pharmacies without prescriptions. For emergency contraception, prescriptions are legally required but, in practicality, this is not always the case. There is strong social stigma against STIs/STDs, so, while testing facilities exist, there is limited public knowledge
or monitoring of STIs. Abortion is illegal, yet an underground economy of abortions seems to be rather large. There is a prominent women's shelter, maintained by a women's group, and there are some notable feminist organizations to help women in need. Overall, Cairo is a place that can be difficult for some female newcomers, if they are in need of certain reproductive health services. If you have a health care need, it's recommended to tap into a network of already existing resources and progressive doctors.
==Contraception (Birth Control)==