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Gynopedia is a relatively new wiki; we don't have many guidelines yet. Below, we have included the Community Rules and the Editing Guidelines. Let us know if you think something should be added, changed, or clarified (contact us by email:

Community Rules

1. Respect people's personal health decisions. This is an open community, and different people will make different choices. Our job is to simply provide the information, as fully and accurately as we can, and let the users make informed decisions.

2. People of all genders, sexes, and sexual orientations are welcome members of Gynopedia.

3. No harassment, discrimination, or trolling. We don't tolerate deliberately malicious content that was written with the intention to antagonize or hurt people.

4. No vandalism or spam. If you spam the site with advertisements for irrelevant products, or if you vandalize the articles, your account or IP address may be blocked.

5. Take veracity seriously. While we strongly encourage you to contribute, you should only add information that is accurate, relevant, and reliable. Inaccurate or outdated information can make people feel discouraged or waste their time. Of course, some information will eventually become outdated. But, to the best of your abilities, try to make the information up-to-date.

6. Cite your sources. If you find information from a study, newspaper article, blog post, or website, please cite the references. See the Editing Guidelines below for details on citations.

7. Use local currency. Whenever you list prices, list prices in the local currency as opposed to "global currencies," like dollars, euros, pounds, etc. That way, even if exchange rates shift, users can still know local prices.

8. Add relevant dates. Whenever possible, include the date of when you received the service or found the data. For example, you can write something like, "As of May 2015, EC pills in Madrid are about 20 euro."

9. Use license-free images. For example, these can be images found through Creative Commons, Wikimedia Commons, Google searches under "Labeled for Reuse," or your own personal images, if you expect no license for their use. Whenever possible, we ask that you include licensing information in the image description.

10. Protect Private Information. If an abortion clinic does not have a public website, or if it's operating in an underground/clandestine capacity, please contact the clinic and ask permission before publicly posting any information about it.

11. No medical diagnoses. This is a website to find information on laws, social stigmas, resources and recommendations. It's not a place to find official medical diagnoses. Consult your doctor for these types of questions.

12. No opinion-based advertisement from physicians, hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. If you recommend a physician, hospital or clinic because you were a patient or know about a real patient's experience, please contribute. But, if you are in any way affiliated with a service (for example, you work for a clinic), please refrain from adding opinion-based information on that service, such as "This clinic is highly recommended."

13. Do Your Own Research. This community aims to provide as much useful information as possible. However, before you make any major decisions that impact your health, your safety, or your legal status, please do your own independent research as well.

14. The information on Gynopedia is free to read, distribute, and share for non-commercial use only and with attribution.

15. Reach Out To Us. If you have a question, concern, or idea, please reach out to us! You can email us (, or find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Editing Guidelines

New Melbourne page in the 'Edit' view with Wikitext

1. What's wikitext? When editing articles on Gynopedia, you'll sometimes need to use wikitext. You can see an example of wikitext in the image we've provided. If you're familiar with HTML, you can think of wikitext as a very basic form of HTML. If you're not familiar with HTML, that's okay! You'll find that wikitext is very straightforward. Basically, it's how we format wiki pages with things like headers, image insertions, and captions.

  • Tip: If you plan to use any of the wikitext that we've provided on this page, make sure to copy and paste the wikitext exactly as you see it.
  • Example: For reference, check out the example of a new Melbourne page with wikitext. You can see triple quotation marks (this makes text bold) and equal signs (this creates headers). For further details and examples, check out this wikitext Language article.

2. Distinguishing Between Cities: To distinguish between two cities with the same name (for example, Los Angeles, USA and Los Angeles, Chile), please add this wikitext at the top of the page when in 'Edit' view (see below). You'll want to specify the country (e.g. United States), state or region (California) and city (Los Angeles). Note that "state" can also apply to region (for example, Luzon region of the Philippines).

|Country=United States
|City=Los Angeles

3. Adding & Editing Content: We have provided guides that explain how to Contribute, Moderate, and Translate content. Please refer to these guides for detailed information on these subjects.

4. Creating New Pages: To create a new city page, please copy and paste this text (see below) into the 'Edit' view of a new page, which will automatically give you the city page format. Note that this page template is not set in stone -- so, if you think an extra section should be added to a city page, you're free to try it out.



==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]. It is recommended that you consult with a health practitioner to determine the best contraceptive choice for you. If you want to find which hormonal contraceptives are available by brand, manufacturer or country, click [ here].

===Laws & Social Stigmas===

===What to Get & Where to Get It===


==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 to prevent pregnancy. 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) For combined pills, 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].

===Laws & Social Stigmas===

===What to Get & Where to Get It===


==Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs/STDs)==

'''Important Notes - 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===

===What to Get & Where to Get It===

====Testing Facilities====

====Treatment & Support====


==Medications & Vaccines==

===Laws & Social Stigmas===

===What to Get & Where to Get It===



'''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]. 

===Laws & Social Stigmas===

===What to Get & Where to Get It===


==Gynecological Exams==

===Laws & Social Stigmas===

===What to Get & Where to Get It===



===Laws & Social Stigmas===

===What to Get & Where to Get It===



'''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===

===What to Get & Where to Get It===


==Advocacy & Counseling==

==LGBTQ+ Resources==

==Additional Resources==

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|description=Find sexual, reproductive, and women's health care in your city.

5. Citing References: When you bring up a legal points, statistics, or any other facts, it's strongly encouraged to include references. To add a reference after a point, here's an example of how you do it (see below). You'll see that you, in the brackets, you add the URL of the citation followed by the name of the citation. If you're citing a non-digital citation, like a book, you can put the name of the book and author in the brackets.

Childcare in Sweden is blah blah blah.<ref>[ New York Times: How Swedish Childcare Works]</ref>

Then, once you have written the citation with the ref tag, the citation will automatically appear at the bottom of the page in the "References" section. For more information, please visit the Contribute guide.

6. Naming Pages with Non-English Characters: If you are adding a page that has non-English characters (for example, Malmö), please go ahead and include those non-English characters. As a general rule, the pages should be written in Latin script but can include all characters. However, be sure to create a standard English language-only page (for example, "Malmo") that redirects users to the correct page (Malmö). That way, users who type in either "Malmö" or "Malmo" can go to the same page. For details on redirecting pages, please check out this guide.

7. Renaming Pages: The renaming of pages, or what's also called the "moving" of pages, is restricted to administrators. If you want to rename a page, please contact us (

8. Deleting Pages: The deletion of pages can only be done by administrators. Please contact us if you think a page should be deleted (

9. All Pages Editable With the exception of certain pages (i.e. Gynopedia Homepage, Gynopedia Guidelines, Gynopedia Index, Gynopedia Guides, and About page), all general pages are editable by our users. So, please, edit, and contribute!