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Where to get contraception from

Over the years contraceptive availability has become more widespread. There are a number of ways to get hold of your chosen contraceptive ranging from the more traditional routes, such as through your doctor, or even through to online pharmacies.

All women should feel that they are able to make use of contraception should they want to, and on this page we’ll discuss the various ways to get birth control. If you’ve ever wondered how to get the pill or what’s the most convenient place for you to go, we’ll let you know all your options.

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Getting contraception in person

It’s possible to get hold of your contraception through various routes. Your options can depend on what type of contraception you prefer. 

  • Over-the-counter general sales – condoms.
  • Prescription medication (prescribed by a doctor or prescribing clinician and dispensed by a pharmacy) – combined pill, mini pill. 
  • Long-acting reversible contraception – usually a small procedure carried out by a doctor in a clinical environment. E.g. Intrauterine device (IUD), contraceptive implant or coil (IUS). 

In India, it is just doctors who can issue prescriptions for hormonal contraception.

While different brands of mini pill are available without a prescription in various countries, at the moment, both mini pills and combined oral contraceptive pills are not available over-the-counter in India.

The family planning programme under the public health sector provides family planning services. at various levels of health system. Key strategies of the programme include:

  • Free access to contraceptives at goverment hospitals. The programme also aims to spread awareness and availability of contraceptives such as injectable contraceptive, MPA (Medroxyprogesterone acetate), combined pills, vasectomy, and IUD (Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices). 
  • The programme engages in active display of posters, billboards and other audio and video materials especially in states with high fertility rates.

You can take your doctor’s prescrioton for contraception to any local pharmacy. The main contraceptive methods you’ll get in a pharmacy are those which can be self-administered like the pill. For procedures such as the implant or IUD, a doctor will need to fix them.

However, contraceptive method like the condom do not require any prescription and the pharmacist should be able to help you pick the suitable option.

Getting contraception online

It’s also possible to get your pill online in India. If you want to order contraception online, you’ll normally need a private prescription to do so. This means that you have to pay for the cost of your medication too.

If you want to get contraception online, you’ll likely have to answer some questions about your general health. A medical professional will then review your responses and prescribe birth control if they are satisfied that it is safe to do so. Sometimes, the cost of consultation, prescription, medication and delivery are all included in one price.

Buying contraception online can be a more preferable option because it is sometimes quicker, more convenient and more secretive than doing so in person.

Buying contraception safely online

It’s important to make sure you buy medications online safely. There are some checks you can perform to ensure where you’re buying from is legitatime.

  • Registered pharmacy – only pharmacies that are registered with the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) and Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) can sell pharmacy medication online. Check for their logos on e-pharmacy websites.
  • Registered prescribers – you can only buy ED drugs online if you have a pre-existing prescription from your doctor who must be qualified by the National Medical Commission and should be enrolled in the Indian Medical Registry. You can always ask your doctors for their registragition id.
  • Price Regulation – the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) is a government led body that enforces prices and availability of the medicines in India. To ensure that the online pharmacy you choose is abiding by the price regulations set by the NPPA, make sure you conduct a quick online check regarding the prices listed at other pharmacies online.
  • Legitimate online pharmacies and treatment providers will want to provide you with accurate information about the medicines that is sourced well. It might be worth double checking the information on a reputable health source like the The Department of Pharmaceuticals.
  • Be wary of websites that offer discounts like ‘buy one get one free’ offers or use phrases like ‘buy Viagra online cheap’. This could be a sign of illegitimate sellers engaging in prohibited sales tactics to try and lure you into buying.
  • Lastly, if you’re ever unsure about anything online remember you can always speak to your own doctor instead.

If something doesn’t feel right then it’s probably best to take a pause before you go ahead and place an order.

Talk to an online clinician about contraception

If you want to talk to a clinician about the various methods of contraception, you can do so online right here at Treated. Our doctors and prescribers are fully registered, and we’re regulated by the NPPA.

Fill us in about your health so our clinicians can get to know you better. They’ll recommend the best birth control option for you, and you can subscribe to a plan for regular delivery.

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