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On the one hand, Turkey is constitutionally secular and certain districts of the city, such as Beyoglu and Kadikoy, are famously progressive for Turkey. Furthermore, Istanbul is full of internationally accredited hospitals, making it a hotspot for medical tourism. On the other hand, it is typically considered taboo to discuss many aspects of sexuality, and unmarried women are often expected to remain virgins. This creates a discrepancy between the legal options and the social realities of the city. For this reason, it is especially important to do one's research in advance when looking for a gynecologist or STD test.  
 
On the one hand, Turkey is constitutionally secular and certain districts of the city, such as Beyoglu and Kadikoy, are famously progressive for Turkey. Furthermore, Istanbul is full of internationally accredited hospitals, making it a hotspot for medical tourism. On the other hand, it is typically considered taboo to discuss many aspects of sexuality, and unmarried women are often expected to remain virgins. This creates a discrepancy between the legal options and the social realities of the city. For this reason, it is especially important to do one's research in advance when looking for a gynecologist or STD test.  
  
==Contraception (Birth Control)==
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===Laws & Social Stigmas===
 
===Laws & Social Stigmas===
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Birth control pills should cost between 15-36 lira, depending on the brand. As of 2016, Yasmin is 25 TL, Yazz is 36 TL (2017 June). If you want the pills that are better than breastfeeding moms, they're 42 TL. Mirena and the Copper IUD can be purchased for about 700 TL.
 
Birth control pills should cost between 15-36 lira, depending on the brand. As of 2016, Yasmin is 25 TL, Yazz is 36 TL (2017 June). If you want the pills that are better than breastfeeding moms, they're 42 TL. Mirena and the Copper IUD can be purchased for about 700 TL.
  
==Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill)==
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==Emergency Contraception==
  
 
'''Important Note:''' The earlier you take emergency contraception, the more effectively it will work. After you have unprotected sex, take it as soon as possible.
 
'''Important Note:''' The earlier you take emergency contraception, the more effectively it will work. After you have unprotected sex, take it as soon as possible.

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