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===Laws & Social Stigmas===
 
===Laws & Social Stigmas===
  
In Turkey, you do not need a prescription to purchase birth control pills or condoms at pharmacies. While President Erdogan made headlines by advising Muslim families to avoid birth control in May 2016, birth control is still available in Turkey. Furthermore, the rate of contraceptive use has increased in the past few decades. According to a 2015 United Nations report, it is estimated that 74.2% of Turkish women (who are of reproductive age and married or in unions) use some form of contraception. Meanwhile, 6.1% of Turkish women have unmet family planning needs. However, it should be emphasized that a great portion of Turkish women use traditional contraceptive methods. In fact, the most common form of contraception used by women is the withdrawal or "pull-out" method (25.8%). Following this method, the most common methods are IUDs (16.9%), condoms (15.9%), female sterilization (9.5%) and birth control pills (4.6%). Meanwhile, there is extremely low usage of contraceptive injectables (0.6%) and essentially none for contraceptive implants (0.0%). In total, this means that the vast majority of women in Turkey today depend on withdrawal, IUDs or condoms for their contraceptive methods.<ref>[http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/family/trendsContraceptiveUse2015Report.pdf Trends in World Contraceptive Use 2015]</ref>
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In Turkey, you do not need a prescription to purchase birth control. While President Erdogan made headlines by advising Muslim families to avoid birth control in May 2016, birth control is still widely used. According to one study, it is estimated that 48% of Turkish women are using a modern contraceptive.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prevalence_of_birth_control Prevalence of Birth Control Wikipedia Article]</ref> According to a 1998 study, 63.9% of women practiced some form of birth control, with 4.4% on the pill, 19.8% with IUD and 24.4% practicing the pull-out method.<ref>[http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0193123.html Infoplease data on contraceptive use]</ref>
 
 
Despite increasingly religious government policies, Turkey has also seen an increase in contraceptive use over the past two decades. In a 1998 study, 63.9% of women practiced some form of birth control, with 4.4% on the pill, 19.8% with IUD and 24.4% practicing the pull-out method.<ref>[http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0193123.html Infoplease data on contraceptive use]</ref> This is compared to the 74.2% of Turkish women who used birth control in 2015.
 
  
 
===What to Get & Where to Get It===
 
===What to Get & Where to Get It===
  
 
In Istanbul, birth control pills are available in many pharmacies ("eczanes" in Turkish). While pharmacies don't have tons of options, they do carry a few brands, including  Yasmin,Yazz and some generic brands. NuvaRing is also available in Istanbul. Most pharmacies do not carry the Nuvaring but the bigger ones (i.e. In shopping malls) have it, without prescription for max 36tl per 1-month pack. There are no limitations as for how many packages you can buy.
 
In Istanbul, birth control pills are available in many pharmacies ("eczanes" in Turkish). While pharmacies don't have tons of options, they do carry a few brands, including  Yasmin,Yazz and some generic brands. NuvaRing is also available in Istanbul. Most pharmacies do not carry the Nuvaring but the bigger ones (i.e. In shopping malls) have it, without prescription for max 36tl per 1-month pack. There are no limitations as for how many packages you can buy.
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There are no DivaCup sellers in Turkey so it should be purchased online. There is only one registered mooncup seller in Turkey (in Canakkale) so it should also be purchased online.
  
 
===Costs===
 
===Costs===

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