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Revision as of 10:20, 4 July 2016

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OVERVIEW

As the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul has a wealth of health care resources available. But it can also be complex, often confusing, environment for women's health care. While birth control pills are available in many pharmacies ("eczanes" in Turkish) in the city center, and abortion is legal, it can be difficult to find reliable and responsive treatment. This is due to the conflicting messages surrounding women's sexual and reproductive freedom in the country. 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, there are many social pressures placed on women. For many women, there is an expectation to remain a virgin until marriage, and it is common for women to live with their parents until they marry. On a day-to-day basis, many women also feel judged by their romantic choices, the clothing they wear, or the lifestyles they choose. 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

Laws & Social Stigmas

In Turkey, you do not need a prescription to purchase birth control.

What to Get & Where to Get It

In central Istanbul, birth control pills are available in many pharmacies ("eczanes" in Turkish). While there are less options than in the States, there are certainly a few options, including Yasmin.

Costs

Emergency Contraception

Laws & Social Stigmas

In Turkey, you do not need a prescription to purchase Plan B. You can purchase them at pharmacies for about 50 lira. Common brands include [ADD ON NAMES HERE].

What to Get & Where to Get It

Costs

Medications

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

Costs

Menstruation

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

Costs

Gynecological Exams

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

Costs

STD Tests

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

Costs

Pregnancy

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

Costs

Abortion

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

Costs

Advocacy & Counseling

Laws & Social Stigmas

What to Get & Where to Get It

Costs

List of Additional Resources