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===Laws & Social Stigmas=== <!--T:7-->
 
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''For full coverage of this topic, you can visit the main article on the [https://gynopedia.org/South_Korea#Laws_.26_Social_Stigmas South Korea] page.''
 
  
 
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* In Korean, '''birth control pills''' are 피임약 (pronounced "pi-im yak"), and they can be purchased in pharmacies. The most popular brand in South Korea is Mercilon (머시론), which is produced by Merck (an American pharmaceutical company). However, there are many other pill options, including Alesse, Diane-35, Meliane, Minivlar, Minulet, Myvlar, Sexcon, Triquilar, Yasmin and Yaz.<ref name="ippf_southkorea">[http://contraceptive.ippf.org/search?search.searchtext=&search.component=&search.countrycode=KR IPPF South Korea]</ref> There's also 에이리스, which is a low hormone option, costs about 10,000 won for a 21-pill pack. Another brand is  멜리안정 (me-li-an-jung), but some users have reported loss of sex drive. There's also 센스리베.
 
* You can purchase '''condoms''' in convenience stores, pharmacies, Olive Young, Watson's, and sometimes in subway vending machines.
 
* You can purchase '''condoms''' in convenience stores, pharmacies, Olive Young, Watson's, and sometimes in subway vending machines.
* In Korean, '''birth control pills''' are 피임약 (pronounced "pi-im yak"), and they can be purchased in pharmacies. You can just walk into a pharmacy and ask for birth control pills, which are sold over-the-counter (no prescription required).
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* You can get the '''Nuvaring''' in South Korea, but only at large pharmacies and they need to order it one day in advance because it is a rare request. It is not kept in stock. It considered only for young women, so a pharmacy near a university is a good option. One pharmacy that can definitely get it it is the one located next door to Miz Medi hospital on Dogok-ro in Daechi-dong, half way between the Hanti and Daechi stops. Please note that NuvaRing is NOT covered by the Korean national insurance, unlike other birth controls. Nuvaring will be discontinued in June, 2018.
* If you want a prescription for birth control pills, or if you require a contraceptive that requires a prescription, you can go to a women’s hospital (여성의원). You can visit the [https://expatguidekorea.com/k:women%2527s+hospital Expat Guide Korea website for Women's Hospital] options. If you don't speak Korean, you may want to visit an international hospital or clinic, which will have staff that speak different languages.<ref name="koreahealth_bc">[https://www.koreahealthpages.com/article/birth-control-and-the-morning-after-pill-in-south-korea.html Birth Control and The Morning After Pill in South Korea]</ref>
 
* The most popular birth control pill brand in South Korea is Mercilon (머시론), which is produced by Merck (an American pharmaceutical company). However, there are many other pill options, including Alesse, Diane-35, Meliane, Minivlar, Minulet, Myvlar, Sexcon, Triquilar, Yasmin and Yaz.<ref>[http://contraceptive.ippf.org/search?search.searchtext=&search.component=&search.countrycode=KR IPPF South Korea]</ref> There's also 에이리스, which is a low hormone option, costs about 10,000 won for a 21-pill pack. Another brand is  멜리안정 (me-li-an-jung), but some users have reported loss of sex drive. There's also 센스리베.
 
* It appears that you can get the '''Nuvaring''' in South Korea, but we don't have much information on this (anyone?).
 
* You can get an '''intra-uterine device (IUD)''' in South Korea. In Korean, it is 자궁 내 장치. There are multiple options available, including copper, hormonal (Mirena), and Skyla.<ref name="bciud_sk_expatguide">[https://www.expatguidekorea.com/article/birth-control-contraception-and-mirena-iud-insertion-in-korea.html Birth Control, Contraception and Mirena IUD insertion in Korea]</ref>
 
 
* If you want the '''contraceptive patch''', Evra (produced by Janssen-Cilag) should be available in South Korea.<ref name="ippf_southkorea" />
 
* If you want the '''contraceptive patch''', Evra (produced by Janssen-Cilag) should be available in South Korea.<ref name="ippf_southkorea" />
 
* If you want the '''contraceptive implant''', Implanon (produced by Merck) should be available in South Korea.<ref name="ippf_southkorea" />
 
* If you want the '''contraceptive implant''', Implanon (produced by Merck) should be available in South Korea.<ref name="ippf_southkorea" />
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* The cost of '''birth control pills''' depends on where you buy the pills and which brands you purchase.
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Birth control pills are 6-8,000 won for one month’s supply.
** If you go directly to a pharmacy, you can expect to pay 7,500-9,500 won for pills available over-the-counter (prices from April 2020).<ref>[https://koreahealthpages.com/article/how-to-get-over-the-counter-birth-control-pills-in-south-korea.html How to Get Over-The-Counter Contraception Pills in South Korea]</ref>
 
** If you get birth control pills prescribed by a doctor, you can expect to pay 25,000-33,000 won for a prescription pack (prices from April 2020).<ref name="koreahealth_bc" /> <ref name="jivaka_bc_sk">[https://www.jivaka.care/cost-birth-control-pills-korea/#Multiwhat_Understanding_the_Difference_between_Birth_Control_Pills Cost of Birth Control Pills in Korea: Country Comparison]</ref>
 
** Birth control pill brands like Myvolar, Myvlar, and Microgestin are cheaper. Yaz is more expensive.<ref name="jivaka_bc_sk" />
 
* The cost of an '''IUD''' ranges from 70,000 won to 400,000 won (as of July 2018). The payment is usually not covered by Korean health insurance.<ref>[https://www.expatguidekorea.com/article/birth-control-contraception-and-mirena-iud-insertion-in-korea.html Birth Control, Contraception and Mirena IUD insertion in Korea]</ref> One person reported receiving a quote of 150,000 won for non-hormonal copper IUD and 350,000 won for Mirena (a hormonal IUD) in 2020.<ref>[https://www.expatkidskorea.com/article/getting-an-iud-in-korea.html Getting an IUD in Korea]</ref>
 
  
 
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As of 2021, abortion has been decriminalized in South Korea.<ref>[https://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/south-korea-abortion-decriminalized-since-january-1-2021/ South Korea: Abortion Decriminalized since January 1, 2021]</ref>
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As of 2021, abortion has been decriminalized legal in South Korea.<ref>[https://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/south-korea-abortion-decriminalized-since-january-1-2021/ South Korea: Abortion Decriminalized since January 1, 2021]</ref>
  
 
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