Are emergency contraceptive pills available in the Philippines?
Pharmacies and clinics in the Philippines do not sell morning-after pills, but some online stores and sellers offer them—usually at a hefty price (around 3,500 PHP or higher). Buying medicine online from unverified sellers can be extremely risky as it’s difficult to determine if the pills are authentic and safe.
What are your emergency contraception options?
Without morning-after pills, is emergency contraception still an option for Filipinas? According to experts, yes, it still is. Instead of pills, women can choose between two other emergency contraception methods: copper IUD insertion and the Yuzpe method.
According to WHO, a copper-containing intrauterine device is the most effective form of emergency contraception with a 99 percent success rate if inserted within 5 days after unprotected intercourse. It prevents pregnancy by causing chemical changes in the sperm and egg cells before fertilization occurs.
An IUD is also generally safe; reports say that less than 2 cases of pelvic inflammatory disease take place per 1000 users. Moreover, you can choose to leave it inside your uterus to serve as your primary birth control method.
Likewise, IUD is the preferred form of emergency contraception for women weighing more than 70 kilograms.