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===Laws & Social Stigmas===
Although premarital sex is illegal in the UAE, you You can typically buy oral contraceptives as (birth control pills) without a single woman prescription in Dubai. While you technically need to be married to use condoms, this does not seem to be widely enforced, and you should be able to purchase condoms at supermarkets, gas stations, grocery stores and pharmacies. Note that this is not the case throughout UAE, and you will need to show proof of marriage in places like Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates. In Dubai, there have been some reported cases of the following: women being asked for marriage certificates before buying contraception, women being asked for their husband's permission before receiving contraception, and women being reported by pharmacists to authorities for buying contraception while being unmarried. These stories have been especially covered in the British media. Yet many single women of Dubai report little to no problems when purchasing contraception and <ref>[http://wwwocsotc.thenational.aeorg/uaewp-content/healthuploads/pharmacists-debunk-claims-worldmap/worldmap.html Global Oral Contraception Availability]</ref> No matter if you're married or single, locals report that-unmarried-women-cannot-you can buy-contraceptives-birth control pills. Although premarital sex is illegal in-dubai Dubai pharmacists have contested this story]. Howeverthe UAE, it may be recommended to wear you can typically buy pills as a "wedding ring" if you are indeed single and wish to purchase contraception to avoid questioning or slut-shaming. See this [https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/51de9472e4b086e88379b397/419910 Guardian article] for detailswoman in Dubai.
The same holds true for condoms. While you technically need to be married to use condoms, this does not seem to be widely enforced, and you should be able to purchase condoms at supermarkets, gas stations, grocery stores and pharmacies. Note that this is not the case throughout UAE, and you will need to show proof of marriage in places like Abu Dhabi.
In Dubai, there have been some reported cases of the following: women being asked for marriage certificates before buying contraception, women being asked for their husband's permission before receiving contraception, and women being reported by pharmacists to authorities for buying contraception while being unmarried. These stories have been especially covered in the British media. Yet many single women of Dubai report little to no problems when purchasing contraception and [http://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/pharmacists-debunk-claims-that-unmarried-women-cannot-buy-contraceptives-in-dubai Dubai pharmacists have contested this story]. However, it may be recommended to wear a "wedding ring" if you are indeed single and wish to purchase contraception to avoid questioning or slut-shaming. See this [https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/51de9472e4b086e88379b397/419910 Guardian article] for details.
Generally, oral contraceptives seem to be widely used in the UAE. In 2012, a study of 500 women found that oral birth control pills were the most common form of contraception, and 84% of women did not object to the use of contraceptives. In a 2015 UN report, it was found that 48.1% of UAE women (who are married/in unions and of reproductive age) use some form of contraception, which may include modern methods (such as condoms, pills, implants, etc) or traditional methods (such as the rhythm method).<ref>[http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/family/trendsContraceptiveUse2015Report.pdf Trends in Contraceptive Use 2015]</ref>
===Costs===
A few years ago, you could get a one month supply of birth control for about $5, but we'll need some more updated information(information provided in 2016/2017).
==Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill)==
'''Important Notes:''' Emergency contraception may prevent pregnancy for three days (72 hours) and sometimes five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. Take EC '''as soon as possible''' after unprotected sex. If you don't have access to dedicated EC, oral contraceptives can be used as replacement EC, but remember the following: 1) Only some contraceptives work as EC 2) Different contraceptives require different dosages and time schedules to work as EC 3) You must only use the first 21 pills in 28-day packs and 4) They may be less effective than dedicated EC. For general information on emergency contraceptives, click [https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/morning-after-pill-emergency-contraception here] and [http://ec.princeton.edu/info/ecp.html here]. Copper IUDs may also prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
===Laws & Social Stigmas===
==Medications & Vaccines==
 
[[File:Dubai pharmacy 04.jpg|400px | thumb|left|'''Pharmacy in street of Dubai''']]
===Laws & Social Stigmas===
===What to Get & Where to Get It===
* You should be able to easily find '''pads and pantyliners''' in many stores.* You may be able to find '''tampons ''' in larger or international stores, like Carrefour, Spinney, Al Maya or Choithram, but many women report difficulty when looking for them. * If you're interested in '''menstrual cups''', you can buy DivaCups the DivaCup at [http://www.organicfoodsandcafe.com Organic Foods & Café] (Tel: 971 4 3384822), which has three locations (Village Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road and near Dubai Media City). There appears to be no sellers <ref>[http://menstrualcupmap.com/ Menstrual Cup Map]</ref> The Emirati online retailer, [https://www.desertcart.ae/searchv1?q=menstrual+cup Desert Cart], sells many brands of menstrual cups as well (and provides free shipping in the Emirates). Some of the brands they sell include DivaCup (for AED 139), Monzcare R-CUP (for AED 53), Blossom Menstrual Cup (AED 77), LENA Feminine Hygiene Cup (AED 127) and more (all prices from May 2017). While MoonCupis sold internationally in Boots pharmacies<ref>[http://www.international.boots.com/toiletries/feminine-hygiene/menstrual-cups Boots - Menstrual Cups]</ref>, we're not sure if they're sold anywhere in the UAE. However, not all menstrual cup brands are sold in the UAE. For example, if you're interested in purchasing a LadyCup , RubyCup or Lunette, we can't find any evidence of them being sold locally in the UAE, so those brands should be bought purchased online.
===Costs===
===Costs===
 
If you are pregnant and considering getting an abortion outside the UAE, you will need to consider the following costs: transportation to the country where you will be obtaining an abortion, hotel or accommodation costs in that country, cost of the abortion in the country and the total amount of days you may need to be in the country both before and after the abortion.
==Advocacy & Counseling==
===What to Get & Where to Get It===
* Dubai Foundation for Women and Children - "The first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE for victims of women & and childrenvictims of domestic violence." +971 800 111, PO Box 97727, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. http://www.dfwac.ae/
===Costs===
==List of Additional Resources==
* [http://www.genderindex.org/country/united-arab-emirates Gender Index] - This webpage provides useful information on women's rights and gender equality in the UAE.
* [http://www.equaldex.com/region/united-arab-emirates Equaldex - United Arab Emirates] - This webpage provides useful information on LGBT rights in the UAE.
* [http://www.dwe.gov.ae/index.aspx Dubai Women's Establishment]: This is a government organization. "The ultimate goal and responsibility of Dubai Women Establishment is to nurture a competent generation of future women leaders by establishing the right infrastructure and platform to ensure and sustain the success and potential of UAE women."
* International Business Women’s Group Dubai - "A Networking Forum for Professional Business Women in the UAE" (http://www.ibwgdubai.com/)
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