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Contraception: Over-the-Counter condoms, pills, patch IUD
Contraception: Hospital/Clinic IUD insertion, injectable, implant
Emergency Contraception no prescription required
STIs testing available; no travel restrictions
Menstrual Products pads, tampons, cups
Abortion Law legal in all cases for up to 14 weeks of pregnancy
LGBTQ Laws homosexuality legal
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As the capital of Argentina, you will find many health care resources in Buenos Aires. Contraception (birth control) is fully legal, and you can find birth control pills, IUDs, shots and patches in Buenos Aires. There are some recommended gynecologists that are known to be foreigner-friendly and especially hospitable (see details in "Gynecological Exams" section). You can also obtain emergency contraception ("the morning after pill") at pharmacies, public hospitals or health centers. You can purchase pads and tampons in grocery stores, and there is one known seller of menstrual cups in the country. There is no PrEP access but there are many STI testing sites, and there is a national HPV vaccination program in place. For pregnancy, there are some recommended ob/gyns that we have listed in the "Pregnancy" section.

After many years of activism and advocacy, abortion was ruled as legal by the Argentine Senate in December 2020. Before this ruling, abortion was generally illegal in Argentina, which led to a large underground economy of clandestine abortions. General public opinion toward abortion gradually liberalized in the twenty-first century, ultimately leading to the 2020 ruling.[1][2]

Contraception (Birth Control)

General Note: There are many types of contraceptives, also known as "birth control," including IUDs, oral contraceptives, patches, shots, and condoms, etc. If you would like to view a full list, click here.

Laws & Social Stigmas

Main article: Contraceptive access in Argentina

In Argentina, contraception is legal and widely available. You can purchase condoms and birth control pills without a prescription.[3] [4] According to a 2015 study, 61.6% of Argentine women (who are married/in unions and of reproductive age) use any form of contraception, including traditional methods, and 15.3% have unmet family planning needs. The most common forms of contraception are birth control pills (27.7%), condoms (17%), IUDs (6.9%), and female sterilization (3.5%). There are especially low rates of usage for contraceptive injectables (2.6%) and traditional methods, such as rhythm (1.1%) and withdrawal (0.5%). Meanwhile, it was found that practically no women were using contraceptive implants (0.0%) or vaginal barrier methods (0.0%).[5]

However, some Argentine women face barriers when they try to access contraception. From a historical perspective, the Argentine government formerly opposed the sale or use of contraceptives and, during the military dictatorship (1976-83), even condoms were illegal. In 2003, the government began to freely distribute contraceptives, such as IUDS, for free, but this did not automatically translate into free choice for all. In fact, in 2005, a Human Rights Watch report detailed "how judges, doctors and health workers prevent women from making independent reproductive decisions in violation of women's internationally recognized human rights." The report also analyzed how the impact of spousal pressure and domestic violence limited women's abilities to choose contraception, and discrimination in many hospitals, such as requiring spousal approval for sterilization procedures, further limited women's autonomy.[6]

What to Get & Where to Get It

Yasmin pills purchased in Argentina
Yasmin pills purchased in Argentina

Consultations & Recommended Physicians

  • If you don't know which contraceptive method is right for you, you can call the Sexual Health Hotline (Línea de salud sexual): 0800 222 3444. It's free to call them through landlines or public phones throughout Argentina. You can also email the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health in Buenos Aires (; they tend to be get back to people within 24 hours. Both services can accommodate Spanish speakers and English speakers.
  • Recommendation: "Dr. Claudia María Battista is a gynecologist based in Recoleta (3rd floor, Arenales 1611, 4811 6127) who can administer both hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs, after a medical consultation. The best option for each patient and the price of the IUD must be discussed with the doctor, and Dr. Battista speaks English, if your Spanish is not up to par to discuss your reproductive system."[7]

Contraceptive Options

  • You can buy condoms ("preservativos" in Spanish) at pharmacies and supermarkets for $10-30 ARS, but generally around 15 ARS, for a three-pack, or up to $67 ARS for a 12-pack.
  • If you would like to get birth control pills ("pastillas anticonceptivas" in Spanish), they can be purchased in pharmacies without a prescription for about 3$0-120 ARS. Farmacity is a popular pharmacy chain. Some brands you can expect to see are Ovrette, Marvelon, Microlut, Microval, Diane-35, Duoluton, Eugynon, Neogynon, Nordiol, Ovral, Microgynon, Microvlar, Nordette, Miranova and others. To see which pills are available in Argentina, check out IPFF Argentina, Alfabeta, Kairos. Please note that Argentina has strict importation laws, so be careful to NOT bring in any birth control pills that aren't permitted in Argentina.
  • If you're interested in the contraceptive ring (like Nuvaring), you can get it at Farmacity for $240 ARS.
  • If you want an IUD, you can get the IUD insertion at a hospital or health center. While you can get it done at a public hospital, you'll find that only non-hormonal IUDs are available. They last for 10 years. If you want the hormonal IUDs, which last for 5 years, you'll need to go to a private hospital. For Mirena, it's about $1700 ARS. The copper IUD (not industria argentina) costs around $500-700 ARS.
  • If you want a contraceptive control shot/injectable ("inyección" in Spanish), it can be purchased at public and private health care facilities. If you have a prescription, you can also get it directly from the pharmacy.[8] You may be able to find brands like Cyclofem, Cyclofemina, Dahlia, Depo-Provera, Mesigyna and Perlutal in Argentina. You can probably get the injections for free at public hospitals and health centers, like Hospital General de Agudos A. Zubizarreta or Hospital General de Agudos B. Rivadavia. If you would like to get it at Farmacity, you can get it for around $30 ARS or 40 ARS. Since some pharmacies in Buenos Aires don't carry the shot, you should confirm a stable place to get an injection before you commit to shots.
  • If you want the contraceptive implant ("implante" or "anticonceptivo subcutáneo" in Spanish), this has been available in Argentina since 2012. However, they are not commonly used, so you may need to go to a specialized provider to obtain the insertion procedure.
  • If you're interested in the contraceptive patch ("parche" in Spanish), you can get it a pharmacies, like Farmacity. It's not covered by the public health system, so expect to pay around $150-$200. In 2016, Farmacity quoted the price as $168 ARS.[9]

Additional Information


Due to government subsidies, birth control pills should be free in Argentina for Argentine nationals.[10] [11] If you're a foreigner, we're not sure what costs you will need to pay at pharmacies (if you do know, please update this page with the info).

Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill)

Main article: Emergency contraceptive access in Argentina

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 here and here. Copper IUDs may also prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

Laws & Social Stigmas

Emergency contraceptive pills are legal and can be accessed without a prescription.

What to Get & Where to Get It

In Buenos Aires, you can obtain emergency contraceptive pills (also known as "the morning after pill"). In Spanish, it's called "anticoncepción hormonal de emergencia." You can get EC at public hospitals or health centers for free (for 24 hours/day) after a medical consultation. You can also visit a pharmacy, like Farmacity (many of them are open 24 hours), and purchase EC. There are no age restrictions.

  • Some of the dedicated emergency contraception brands you can expect to find in pharmacies are Norgestrel Max Unidosis, Postinor 1 and Segurite UD (for all of these, take 1 pill within 120 hours after unprotected sex). You can also find Norgestrel-Max, Ovulol and Postinor-2 (for all of these, take 2 pills within 120 hours after unprotected sex).[12]
  • If you can't access dedicated emergency contraception, you can use oral contraceptive (regular birth control pills) as emergency contraception. For progestin-only pills, you can take Ovrette (take 40 pills within 120 hours after unprotected sex). You can also take Microlut or Micronova (take 50 pills within 120 hours after unprotected sex). For combined progestin-estrogen pills, remember that, in 28-day packs, only the first 21 pills can be used. Of these, you can take Duoluton, Eugynon, Neogynon, Nordiol or Ovral (take 2 pills within 120 hours after unprotected sex and take 2 more pills 12 hours later). You can take Microgynon, Microvlar or Nordette (take 4 pills within 120 hours after unprotected sex and take 4 more pills 12 hours later). You can also take Miranova (take 5 pills within 120 hours after unprotected sex and take 5 more pills 12 hours later).[13]


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs/STDs)

Main article: STI testing & treatment in Argentina

Important Note: Anyone can be affected by STIs. It's possible to have one without having symptoms . If you've had unprotected sex, it's important you have a screen.

Important Note - Learn about PEP and PrEP: If you think that you've been recently exposed to HIV (i.e. within 72 hours), seek out PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis). It's a month-long treatment to prevent HIV infection after exposure, and it may be available in your city. Take PEP as soon as possible. For more information, click here. If you are at risk of HIV exposure, seek out PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). It's a daily oral pill that can prevent HIV infection before exposure. To learn more about PrEP, click here.

Laws & Social Stigmas

You can enter the country if you're HIV+. There are no travel restrictions applied to anyone with STIs. However, according to the National AIDS Law No 23.798, all immigrants are required to take HIV tests.[14]

Rates of HIV in Argentina are increasing - whilst some groups are affected more than others (men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers, intravenous drug users, and prisoners), anyone can get it and it's vital you are tested if you're having unprotected sex.

In 2016, there were about 5500 HIV infections and 2400 AIDS-related deaths. The infection rate between 2010 and 2016 rose by 16% and AIDS-related deaths rose by 3%. In total, there are an estimated 120,000 people (adults and children) living with HIV in Argentina, and an estimated 91,000 of people with HIV in Argentina know their status, as of 2017. In terms of treatment, about 66% of people are receiving ART, though about 90% of pregnant women receive ARV for PMTCT.[15]

The Argentine government has taken some steps to address the increasing HIV/AIDS rate. The national AIDS response receives 98% of its funding from domestic funds, and the mayor of Buenos Aires pledged to Fast-Track the AIDS response in Buenos Aires in 2015.[16]

More information:

Testing Facilities

You can get tested at tons of public hospitals in Buenos Aires. The wait times will be longer but costs will be very low, and potentially free. For the full list, click here. Also, here are some well-known public hospitals:

  • Hospital Ramos Mejía: Address: Gral. Urquiza 609, C1221ADC Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54 11 4931-1884
  • Hospital Argerich: Address: Av. Almte Brown 202, Cdad. Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Hospital Fernández: Address: Cerviño 3356, C1425AGP CABA, Argentina. Phone: +54 11 4808-2600.
  • Hospital Vélez Sarsfield: Address: Pedro Calderón de la Barca 1550, C1407KQF CABA, Argentina. Phone: +54 11 4639-8700.

If you would like to get tested at a private facility, the costs will be higher. But the wait times will be faster and facilities will generally be nicer:

  • Hospital Aleman: Open 24 hours. Tests were about $130p in 2011. Address: Av Pueyrredón 1640, C1118AAT CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54 11 4827-7000.
  • Swiss Medical: They have locations all over the city so check the website.
  • Clinica La Sagrada Familia: Small clinic. Does health checks for around $120p. Address: José Hernández 1642, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina - Tel: (5411) 6343-7800
  • Ceusa Leah: Address: Pueyrredón 768 1º Piso CP 1032 - Capital Federal Tel / Fax: 4961-8348 / 4962-3505 email:
  • Nexo Asociación Civil: Does HIV rapid test. Address: Avda. Callao 339 6 A y B, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina -0800 345 6396,, Monday to Friday, 15:30-21:00
  • Hospital Fernandez: Address: Cerviño 3356, C1425AGP CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54 11 4808-2600.
  • Hospital Británico de Buenos Aires: Address: Perdriel 74, C1280AEB Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phone: +54 11 4309-6400


  • Fundación Huesped: Focuses on sexual and reproductive rights and helping people with HIV. Operating since 1989.
  • Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer: Focuses on helping women and health programs; organizes conferences.
  • FUNDAMIND: Offers job assistance, education, etc. Helps kids with HIV.
  • UNAIDS Argentina: "The goal of UNAIDS is to lead and inspire the world in Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-deaths." Alberto Stella, UNAIDS Country Director, Telephone: + 54 11 4328 4365. Fax: + 54 11 4328 2253, Email: STELLAA@UNAIDS.ORG


Medications & Vaccines

Main article: Medications & vaccines in Argentina

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

  • If you have a yeast infection ("infección por levaduras" in Spanish), you can ask the pharmacist for Fluconazole, which is antifungal medication. They'll be able to give you Fluconazole or something similar.
  • If you have a urinary tract infection ("Infecciones de las vías urinarias" in Spanish), you can contact a doctor/pharmacist to find out next steps.
  • There has been a national HPV vaccination program in Argentina since 2011. The target age for vaccination is 11 years old, and it was estimated that 50% of the target population was vaccinated in 2013.[17]
  • There is currently no official Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) program in Argentina, as of 2018.[18]



Main article: Menstruation in Argentina

Note: In addition to pads and tampons, you can also use menstrual cups and menstrual underwear for your period. To learn more about menstrual cups, click here. To learn more about menstrual underwear, click here.

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

In Buenos Aires, you can find pads, tampons and pantyliners. Pads are the easiest to find in supermarkets, pharmacies and corner stores. You can purchase tampons in Argentina; they'll typically be non-applicator brands, like OB. If you want a menstrual cup, you can buy a MoonCup at COPA ECOLÓGICA (Tomás Le Bretón 4933 Villa Urquiza Buenos Aires, Capital Federal 1431 Argentina (011) - 11564171648). For DivaCup, LadyCup or Lunette, you'll need to buy them online since there are no local sellers in Argentina. There are also online sellers of menstrual cups, which often have Facebook pages that you message directly, such as MeLuna Menstrual Cup, Copita Amiga/Lunar + Friendship, Menstrual Cup in Caba, and many more.


Gynecological Exams

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

  • Dr. Liliana Rossi: "I can't recommend her highly enough!" " She explains everything, listens, asks questions... just perfect. Her praxis rooms are friendly, warm and clean." This ob/gyn has been recommended; supposed to be a good listener and speaks English. Pap for $40 without insurance (in 2010). Address: Rosario 188 1° "B", Capital Federal, Argentina. Phone: 4901-2475
  • Dra. Battista, Claudia María: Address: "She was lovely." Speaks Spanish and maybe English too. Av. Santa Fe 1675 2° "A", Recoleta, 815-4802 y 15-4448-4733, Email:
  • Dra. Adriana Vilariño: She speaks Spanish and English, and she's been recommended. Address: Av. Santa Fe 3069 2° "B" - Recoleta. Phone: 4822-8484, 4822-2424, 4826-7090.
  • Clinica de la Mujer / Dra Bernardino: "Young, smart, speaks English. Clean office." Address: Av. Libertador 16.606 / San Isidro, Tel: 4742-0205 / 4743-7855
  • 8197 - Dra. Campos, Liliana Beatriz: "Liliane is excellent and was a consumate professional in the birth of our son here 2 years ago. " Marcelo T. de Alvear 2345 4° "B", Recoleta, 4826-0209 y 4823-9058
  • Dra. Graciela Gerardi: Scalabrini Ortiz 2356 3 floor A. Tel. 4831 9842 and cel: 155 695 9269
  • CERIM: bilateral mammogram - 400 pesos, vaginal sonogram - 150 pesos, breast sonogram 170 pesos, bone density 100 per area. Address: Azcuenaga 970. Tel 4965 2500



Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

  • Dr. Federico del Giudice - Grupo Medico Lomas de San Isidro (in the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires): "I have never met such a caring OB/GYN and would highly recommend him if you're thinking about having a baby. He was recommended to me by another expat and I'm so grateful for her recommendation."[19]
  • Doctor, Armando Cardahi: "He is an obstetrician and fertility specialist. He has an office in Pilar and Capital, and works with Suizo Argentino Maternity. He was the dr. who did my c-section and he is very very good and nice. He also speaks good English and understands everything. As I was practicing my Spanish he preferred using English with me." Address: Vicente Lopez 1857. Phone number is: 4801-0583[20]



Important Note: There are two main types of abortions: medical (also known as the "abortion pill") and surgical (also known as "in-clinic"). For medical abortions, you take a pill to induce abortion. For surgical abortions, a procedure is performed to induce abortion. For general information about medical and surgical abortions, click here.

Laws & Social Stigmas

Main article: [access in Argentina]

In Argentina, abortion is legally available for up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, according to a December 2020 ruling. We'll update this section as more information comes in.[2] For comprehensive information Argentine abortion laws its history, we recommend you visit the Argentina country page.

What to Get & Where to Get It

  • If you are pregnant and wish to obtain an abortion, one option is to seek an abortion outside Argentina. You may consider traveling to places like Uruguay, Guyana, Mexico City, or the United States, where you can legally obtain an abortion. However, you should note that, to get an abortion in Uruguay, you need to be an Uruguayan citizen or you need to have continuously lived in Uruguay for at least one year.[21]
  • You can potentially purchase the "abortion pill" through Women on Waves. Check out their website for details. If you can't access the website, it may be blocked in your country.
  • In Argentina, there is an abortion hotline for women who have unwanted pregnancies: Tel: (011) 156 664 7070
  • There is a Sexual Health Helpline that you can consult for information: Tel: 0800-222-3444 (toll-free)
  • There are many organizations that provide help/resources/information to women who are seeking abortion services in Argentina. You can visit the "Additional Resources" section at the bottom of this page, where we list some of them. We have also listed some below:
    • REDAAS: "REDAAS is a network of health and legal professionals associated with public and community health services in Argentina. Our commitment is to accompany and assist women in situations of legal abortion, understanding it as part of our professional, ethical and legal duty. Our goal is to help remove institutional and political barriers to access safe and legal abortions, promote appropriate interpretation and application of the causes contemplated in the current regulations and build a community to share information, exchange experiences and offer a space of solidarity, encouragement and political support."
    • La Revuelta - Colectiva Feminista: "Through Socorro Rosa (SR), La Revuelta feminist activists (the socorristas) accompany and give women and other people capable of getting pregnant information about how to get a medical abortion (using pills). Women first contact us by telephone, calling to our public number. After that, we have a personal meeting with them where women get all the information they need in order to have a medical abortion. We also accompany and take care of them during the process of abortion. Besides, the socorristas help women obtain ILEs (Legal Termination of Pregnancies) in the public health system." You can call their hotline: 00 54 299 154 722 618. These services are free.
    • Latin American Consortium Against Unsafe Abortion: This is a regional organization that may have useful information.


  • There were reports of relatively "safe" abortions being performed for around 1500 pesos in 2007 -- and, while the prices have surely gone up since 2007, it's hard to verify the current prices.[22] However, some abortion providers supposedly charge 20,000-40,000 pesos as of 2015.
  • If you are pregnant and considering getting an abortion outside Argentina, 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, and Crisis Support

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

  • Police & general emergencies (dial *31416 from a mobile phone): Call 101 and 911
  • Ambulance and Medical Emergencies: Call 107
  • Tourist Police: Call 0800-999-5000 / 0800-999-2838.
  • The Panic Button/NiUnaMenos: This is an app that you can use in a crisis/emergency situation. Designed to work in a familiar way, where the person has the possibility to send an alert to predefined trusted contacts (family, neighbors, friends, etc) that can assist in cases of emergency . This alert is sent via SMS, indicating the emergency situation and the location where the person is.
  • City Government Services: Call 147 (Mon-Fri 7.30am-8.30pm; Sat, Sun & public holidays 08.30am-2.30pm)
  • If you are a victim of domestic violence or gender-based violence, there are shelters that may be able to house you or help you. For a complete list, please refer to the Domestic Violence Guide from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
  • La Revuelta - Colectiva Feminista: "La Revuelta activists assist women and girls who suffer gender-base violence through Socorro Violeta (SV). We generally meet with them personally and offer legal aid and a safe environment where we can talk about what would be best for them in that particular situation. In addition to these services, we give advice on comprehensive sex education and offer LGBTIQ+ people help and support in the claim for their rights.." You can call their hotline: 00 54 299 154 722 618. These services are free.


List of Additional Resources

  • Argentine Ministry of Health and Social Development
  • International Planned Parenthood Foundation - Argentina
  • Center for Reproductive Rights - Argentina
  • Equaldex Argentina: This website provides information about LGBTQ rights and laws in Argentina. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage are legal in Argentina. It is also legal to change gender. In some regions, there are laws that protect people against employment and housing discrimination. Conversion therapy is banned.
  • ELA - Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Genero : "Our mission is to achieve gender equity through advocacy, networking and capacity development of political and social actors, in order to improve the social, political and economic situation of women. Founded in May 2003 in the City of Buenos Aires, ELA is integrated by an interdisciplinary team of specialists with a background in the State, Universities and Research Centers, International Organizations, legal practice and NGOs." Address: Tucumán 1581 - Floor 5 Dept. 10B . Telephones: 011-4371-2696 and 4371-2920. City of Buenos Aires Argentina. e-mail:
  • Asociacion Civil La Casa Del Encuentro: Focuses on women’s social networks. Lobbies for policies to combat all forms of violence, abuse and discrimination against women and children. Address: 1204 De, Rivadavia 3917, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54 11 4982-2550. Email:
  • La Revuelta - Colectiva Feminista: "Feminists abortionists lifeguards - Neuquén - Patagonia - Argentina." Phone: 00 54 299 154 722 618. Email:
  • Ni Una Menos: Collective of feminist activists. Email:
  • Socorristas en Red: "Lifeguards in Red -feminists who aborted- (hereinafter SenR) is an articulation of collectives in Argentina. We give information -according to the protocols of the World Health Organization- and we accompany women and other people with gestational capacity who have decided to interrupt unviable pregnancies for that moment in their lives. To do it safely and carefully."
  • Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito: "Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito (The National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion) is a broad and diverse federal alliance, which articulates and recovers part of the history of the struggles developed in our country in pursuit of the right to legal, safe and free abortion."
  • Transgender House - You can read this report from UNAIDS to learn more about Transgender House in Buenos Aires.