Confused about birth control in Korea? Considering a PhD in Korean Mime just to get your annual ‘girly’ check up? Read this first!!
Korea is extremely advanced in the world of medicine and technology (I even got a real time sneak peak at my ‘delicates’ last check up… :/). You can rest assured knowing that you need not embark on a contraception journey from the middle ages. Where ever you’re from in the world, your local OB/GYN will probably be able to provide you with your contraception of choice.
What’s available: Birth Control Pills, Contraceptive Patch (Evra), Vaginal Ring (Nuvaring), IUD – Mirena & Copper, and Implanon.
My birth control pill supply from home has run out. What should I do?
It is not recommended you bring a whole years supply of the pill from home due to the expiration period of medication. So, if you are on the pill, you will probably need to update your prescription in Korea. This can be quite a daunting task as you never know how your body will react to hormonal changes. Never fear, a quick look at the ingredients will keep you in safe waters.
The BC pill contains 2 main ingredients: Estrogen and Progesterone. The Estrogen levels in the pill are generally the same across the board (about 0.03mg). Progesterone levels can range from 0.05mg – 3mg. Match the Progesterone levels from your preferred brand to a brand available in Korea and your body might not even know the difference.
Check out the comprehensive list of BC pills available in Korea (all of which are available over the counter except for Diane35/Clairette -Stragen UK, Yasmin -Shering, and Yaz -Shering. You will need a prescription for these):
Most OB/GYN’s have a basic command of the English language so it might be worth venturing into your closest hospital and giving it a go. If not, there are plenty of English friendly office’s in the Itaewon area.
All information was provided by Dr. Sung’s Obstretics and Gynecology Clinic.
Tel: (02) 790-0802, Fax: (02) 790-5678